Former aide to Dalai Lama visiting Truckee this week |

Former aide to Dalai Lama visiting Truckee this week

Staff report
Losang Samten

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher and artist who was a former aide to the Dalai Lama, will visit the Tahoe-Truckee area this week.

His first engagement will be opening the Nepal Earthquake Benefit on Thursday, August 6, from 4-9 p.m. at Art Obsessions, 10015 W. River St., Truckee.

According to a news release, Samten will offer a prayer, answer audience questions, speak about Nepal and perhaps lead a guided meditation from 4-5:30 p.m.

Live painting and music, a community raffle and live auction will follow. The event will raise support for the survivors of Nepal’s recent earthquakes, For event information, contact 530-536-3225 or 530-308-5053.

According to his website, Samten has been sharing teachings of loving-kindness, joy and compassion, as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years.

He lived and studied over 20 years in the Namgyal Monastery (the monastery of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama) earning the highest degree attainable at the monastery, equivalent to a doctoral degree in the West.

He also became a Master of Ritual Dance and Sand Mandalas, and was the Personal Attendant to His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama, prior to moving to the United States in 1988.

Samten currently is spiritual director of several Buddhist Centers in North America, with a home base in Philadelphia.

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