Friday, April 11, 2008

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

On Saturday and Sunday, April 19 and 20, 2008, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit Ann Arbor, Michigan, where over the course of three sequential sessions in two days he will teach on “Engaging Wisdom and Compassion” at the Crisler Arena of the University of Michigan.

The two-day educational program co-sponsored by Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center headquarted in Ann Arbor, The Tibet Fund, and the Garrison Institute will be held in conjunction with a public talk, the Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability, addressing environmental issues and presented on April 20th by the University of Michigan at the Crisler Arena in celebration of Earth Day.

The Dalai Lama is recognized worldwide for his message of compassion and tolerance, his promotion of human rights and inter-religious understanding, his focus on peace through non-violent conflict resolution and his advocacy for the environment. Winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama was the recent recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.

On Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm, Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, there will also be a special presentation on "Buddhism and Art" by Gelek Rimpoche, Composer and Musician Phillip Glass, and Actor and Activist Richard Gere.

After His Holiness' visit, Jewel Heart founder and Spiritual Director, Gelek Rimpoche, will embark on a multi-city lecture tour to elaborate on His Holiness' teachings on Engaging Wisdom and Compassion. Rimpoche will elaborate further how we can apply these teachings to our daily lives, providing follow-up for those who attended in April as well as serving as an excellent introduction for those who were not able to attend the Ann Arbor event.