An Evening with Fr. Francis Tiso

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Rainbow Body and Resurrection: Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body, and the case of Khenpo A Cho,
with author Fr. Francis Tiso
Wednesday, October 26th
7 pm
Third Street Center Calaway Room
520 S. Third Street, Carbondale, CO

It is with great pleasure we welcome noted author, researcher, historian Fr. Francis Tiso to the valley.

Fr. Tiso has graciously offered to share the background and journey of his latest book Rainbow Body and Resurrection: Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body, and the case of Khenpo A Cho.
In this evening presentation Fr. Tiso will present the phenomena of the Rainbow Body in a manner that will move attendees into a state of deep awe and inner knowing.

Fr Francis Tiso

Father Francis Tiso

Brief Bio: A New York native, Father Tiso holds the A.B. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree (cum laude) at Harvard University and holds a doctorate from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary where his specialization was Buddhist studies. He translated several early biographies of the Tibetan yogi and poet, Milarepa, for his dissertation on sanctity in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.  He has led research expeditions in South Asia, Tibet and the Far East, and his teaching interests include Christian theology, history of religions, spirituality, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.

Father Tiso is a priest of the Diocese of Isernia-Venafro, Italy, where he now serves as associate pastor of San Giuseppe Lavoratore parish in Isernia.  He is Diocesan Delegate for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs. He was also chaplain of the well-known Hermitage of Saints Cosmas and Damian at Isernia from 1988 to1998.

More about Fr. Tiso at

Admission by Donation: suggested $20

About the book: “A sensitive, beautifully written book that brings the contemporary Westerner into a close encounter with the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, while providing a deep and productive reflection on the relationship between Tibetan spirituality and the author’s own Christian religious background. Accounts of Tibetan Buddhism often avoid real confrontation with the spiritual realities perceived by practitioners in that tradition. Francis Tiso has the sensitivity, the scholarly knowledge and above all the courage to take us much further. Tiso effortlessly negotiates the difficult lines between academic and religious perspectives, between official and popular religion, between naive belief and equally naive rejection, bringing many new insights to the analysis of phenomena such as the rainbow body. His detailed discussion of possible connections between Christian ascetics from the Syro-Oriental churches and the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition opens important new ground. This book deserves to be read widely, not only by Tibetan and Buddhist scholars, but by all those interested in the meaning and relevance of religion within human society.” – Geoffrey Samuel, Body, Health and Religion Research Group