As the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) reaches its 40th year, faculty and staff are preparing for an unprecedented, three-day event to mark this milestone. That includes graduation of undergraduate as well as graduate students, a reception, a thinkers’ conference for alumni on Sunday and Monday, a documentary slide show, and an open discussion with President Hugh Spurgin– all at the Barrytown campus where the Founder began the school in September 1975.

A visitor to the chapel of the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown today will open the door, and the first thing that hits him or her will be the light. His or her eyes will be drawn to shafts of light streaming down from 16 brand new, double-paned, tinted, argon-gas filled, segmented windows.

Twenty five Barrytown students celebrated Thanksgiving in a unique way this year-with Tai Chi, meditation, and lectures on Samsara and Karma by a Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Lama Wangdue, who holds the venerable title “Geshe” from the Sera Jay Monastery in India.

The two-credit course on Buddhism began the evening before Thanksgiving and spanned until Sunday afternoon. Student response was positive. One reflected that the course was “one of the best” he had experienced at UTS. Another remarked that the exposure to Buddhism helped her better understand her own religious tradition.

Geshe Lama Wangdue was appointed to the UTS faculty as Lecturer in Buddhism in the Fall 2007. The next Buddhism intensive course with Lama Wangdue is scheduled for the Spring of 2008. Contact the registrar for details.

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