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Leading figure in Tantric Buddhism to speak at Cornell Nov. 25

Master Lin Yun, a distinguished and progressive philosopher and religious figure in Tantric Buddhism, will present a lecture at Cornell University on Monday, Nov. 25.

The founder and current leader of the fourth stage of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism, Yun's lecture will be presented from 4 to 6 p.m. in Kaufmann Auditorium of Goldwin Smith Hall, sponsored by the Cornell Taiwanese Student Association. The lecture, free and open to the public, is titled, "Chi, Feng Shui and Life from the Perspective of Black Sect Tantric Buddhism." Yun will lecture in Chinese, with an interpreter providing an English translation.

According to Lisa Chiang of the Taiwanese Student Association, the Black Sect of Tantric Buddhism differs from other sects in its incorporation of Chinese culture and philosophies such as Confucianism, Taoism, I-Ching and holistic healing, among others. The fourth stage, which Yun leads, attempts to bridge the gap between the wisdom of ancient cultures and knowledge gained in modern disciplines like physiology, medicine, ecology, architecture and the social sciences. Followers are encouraged to pursue spiritual development through meditation and helping others.

Yun heads a temple in Berkeley, Calif., and is currently in the process of establishing a second temple on Long Island.