Library Talks: Legshed, or Good Sayings, in Tibetan Tradition

3 August 2019

Library Talks: Legshed, or Good Sayings, in Tibetan Tradition


Legshed, or Good Sayings, in Tibetan Tradition

with Lobsang Zatul

Legshed, literally “good sayings,” are a special genre of poetry in Tibetan literature. Not generally considered Dharma, they are more like advice (labja) or guidance for daily life. They show us the distinction between right and wrong behavior.

Good sayings are usually written in four lines, where the first two give the meaning and next two an example or comparison. The first two lines show the quality of a right or wise behavior and the next two lines the wrong or foolish behavior.

These short poems are useful tool for anyone interested in learning Tibetan as well as anyone who could use some sound advice. Participants will be able to taste the special flavor of this unique aspect of Tibetan literature.

The eigth episode of the 2019 season. After the good success of 2018, we have expanded Library Talks to "Library Talks and Beyond," a series of itinerant cultural events for knowledge sharing in the Merigar Library and in Arcidosso. 

The complete program: 

  • Saturday 27 April, 18:00 - ARCIDOSSO Sala Consiliare Fabio Risolo, Rilassamento e presenza nella vita quotidiana. (Relaxation and presence in everyday life)
  • Friday 3 May, 18:00  - ARCIDOSSO Sala Consiliare Gino Vitiello, Samsara. Dolore e piacere nella psicologia buddhista (Samsara. Pain and pleasure in Buddhist psychology.)
  • Thursday 30 May, 18:00 - ARCIDOSSO Sala Conferenze - Castello. Elio GuariscoOltre la mente distratta. (Beyond the distracted mind)
  • Saturday 1 June, 18:00  - MERIGAR  - Library Steve Landsberg, Discovering Dharma: A Journey to India in the 1960s.
  • Saturday 22 June, 19:00 - MERIGAR  Natanavedica East/West Performing Arts (Artistic direction: Maresa Moglia), Akasha: Dances and stories from India
  • Saturday 20 July, 18:00 ARCIDOSSO Sala Conferenze - Castello Fabian Sanders, I luoghi dell’abbondanza. Viaggio fra le “Terre nascoste” di Europa, India e Tibet. (The places of abundance. Journey through the "Hidden Lands" of Europe, India and Tibet.)
  • Friday 26 July, 18:00 MERIGAR  - Library Iacobella Gaetani, La collana di perle. Introduzione alle poesie di ‘Jam-dbyangs Chos-sgron (The Necklace of Pearls: Introduction to the poems of ‘Jam-dbyangs Chos-sgron)
  • Saturday 3 August, 18:00 MERIGAR  - Library Lobsang Zatul, Leg-shad or “Good Sayings” in Tibetan tradition (I Leg-shad o Aforismi nella Tradizione Tibetana)
  • Friday 16 August, 18:00 MERIGAR - Mandala Anna ScattignoA Saint in Our Midst - David Lazzaretti and the Jurisdavidic Community
  • Sunday 18 August, 18:00 MERIGAR  - Library Cristiana de Falco, Donne di Saggezza. Yeshe Tsogyal (Women of wisdom. Yeshe Tsogyal)
  • Friday 6 September, 18:00 ARCIDOSSO Sala Conferenze - Castello Michael Katz, Dream yoga and lucid dreaming