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Tibetan Monk Scheduled to Speak at WKCTC March 7

Published on Feb 27, 2017

Paducah, Kentucky (February 27, 2017) – West Kentucky Community and Technical College will welcome Tibetan monk Tsering Phuntsok to campus March 7 at 7 p.m. in Crounse Hall, Room 101. His visit is part of this year’s One Book Read of Little Princes by Conor Grennan.
During the one-hour presentation, which is free and open to the public, Phuntsok will discuss Buddhist notions of compassion and forgiveness, including several meditative practices.
“Having Tsering Phuntsok visit our campus allows our students, faculty, staff and community to learn about differing cultures and to reflect on their own level of compassion and forgiveness,” said David Nickell, WKCTC sociology professor and event coordinator.
Nickell said Phuntsok’s presentation will fit nicely into the One Book Read.
“This book reveals how compassion can make an undeniable difference in the lives of others.”
Grennan’s New York Times bestseller and number one best-selling international memoir tells the story of how his unexpected, yet evergrowing and unending compassion for the trafficked children of Nepal developed into his overwhelming need to reconnect them with their families. Grennan will be on the WKCTC campus March 28-29.
A practicing Buddhist monk since the age of 16, Phuntsok who currently resides in Bir, India, facilitates cultural exchange programs between the Tibetan community and United States university students who volunteer with a local social work agency devoted to improving the lives of Tibetan refugees and local Indians.
“Phuntsok has said he’d like more college students to travel to India with the exchange program. Who knows, maybe our students can be a part of that in the future,” said Nickell.
For more information about Tsering Phuntsok’s visit on March 7, contact David Nickell at (270) 534-3269 or For more information on the One Book Read, visit