Music, Healing, and Ritual in Tibetan Cultural Contexts

Invited Guest Speaker Tibetan Elder Scholar Ven. Pencho Rabgey

Wednesday, October 20
4 - 5:45 p.m.
Sanctuary, Interfaith Chapel, River Campus

Ven. Pencho Rabgey is a renowned expert in Tibetan culture, Buddhist philosophy, and the Chod ritual of the female Tibetan saint Machik Labdron (1055-1153). He is a former Tibetan Buddhist monk of 27 years, including nine years as a scholar at Sera Monastic University. He is a writer, musician, inventor, and philanthropist.

This event is free and open to the public and is presented in conjunction with “MHS 281 Music, Healing and Ritual in Cultural Context,” offered fall 2010 ESM (open to RC and ESM students). For additional information contact Jeffrey W. Cupchik, Ph.D., at or visit Pencho Rabgey’s Web site at

Ven. Pencho Rabgey has been an invited speaker at prominent institutions, including Oxford University, University of Virginia, Harvard University, York University, and American University. Pencho’s life example inspires in others a deeper understanding of the value of community through his commitment to literacy and arts education, as well as through his prioritizing health, hygiene and wellness in rural Tibetan communities. A lifelong advocate of education and literacy for children, he prioritizes educational opportunities for girls in rural Tibetan communities in particular. Students at the Primary School and Middle School he built in his home village of Chungba (in Sichuan Province), with the support of Machik (, placed first out of 800 schools for several years in a row in Tibetan and Mandarin language exams, as well as in mathematics. They also won annual music and dance competitions out of 52 schools for several years. Pencho will discuss how aspects of Tibetan culture, health, music, art, dance and life-ways are transmitted across transnational and local spaces, building communities of shared values and practices.

Sponsored by the Musicology Department, Ethnomusicology Program, and Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music. Cosponsored by the Departments of: Anthropology; Medical Humanities; Art and Art History; Modern Languages and Cultures; Warner School of Education; SBAI; Frederick Douglass Institute and the College Music Department.

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