Degree awardees from Bachelor of Arts to Doctor of Ministry got their marching orders to go forth and be the light of the world on Saturday at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown, New York.

Faculty and students of Barrytown College said goodbye to each other Friday, May 22nd, with their signature elements of emo, film, PowerPoint, poetry and – oh yes -- group dancing. By all appearances, a lot of memories had been packed into a short two-year span in which Unification Theological Seminary had launched its first undergraduate program.

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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