The University of San Francisco welcomed eight new members to its board of trustees in September, including the current pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sacramento and one of the nation’s foremost research scientists on pancreatic cancer.
The Dalai Lama's youngest brother, Tenzin Choegyal, or T.C., as students address him, recently returned to USF for a third teaching stint.
Choegyal first joined USF's theology faculty part-time in 2003, leading up to a visit by his brother, the 14th Dalai Lama, to the university to accept an honorary doctorate degree. This fall, Choegyal (a reincarnated spiritual leader in his own right, according to Tibetan tradition) is teaching “Sacred Times, Sacred Places.”
“I cover the 37 steps to becoming a Buddhist bodhisattva, or enlightened being,” Choegyal said.
Choegyal teaches students how to cultivate virtues, something our everyday world has in short supply, Choegyal said. The virtues aren't associated with any particular organized religion. But, mastering them, at least in the bodhisattva tradition, offers the same thing most religions strive for—salvation.
“The less you think about yourself and the grasping of yourself, you'll find a tremendous release,” Choegyal said.