His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Phayul file photo)
DHARAMSHALA, October 8: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is currently on a fortnight’s visit to the United States, during which he is scheduled to travel across six states, interacting with the public, giving public talks and teachings.
His Holiness is scheduled to begin his visit with his highly anticipated participation in the two-day ‘Common Ground for Peace’ at the Syracuse University, NY from October 8-9.
In the morning of October 8, the Tibetan spiritual leader, along with fellow Noble Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and former US Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, will participate in a panel discussion on ‘The Arab Spring.’
In the afternoon, the Dalai Lama will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Shifting the Global Consciousness’ along with fellow Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and human rights advocate Martin Luther King III.
The panel discussions with be broadcast on the web at oneworld.syr.edu/webcast. SU is also inviting the public to submit questions for the discussion with the Dalai Lama through e-mail (email@example.com) or via Twitter using the hashtag #CGPDemocracy for the morning discussion and #CGPGlobal for the afternoon discussion.
On October 9, His Holiness will give a public talk on ‘Resolving Conflict in One World Community Through Global Consciousness’ at the start of the ‘One World Concert.’ The event, produced by World Harmony Productions, will feature world-renowned artists, including Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Nelly Furtado, and India’s AR Rehman among others.
On the second leg of his tour, the Dalai Lama will visit Virginia State and give public talks on compassion and ethics in Williamsburg and Charlottesville from October 10-11.
After a one-day public event in Middlebury, Vermont on October 13, His Holiness will then spend the next three days in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a public talk on ethics on October 14 and teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa) on October 16.
On October 15, the 77-year-old Tibetan leader will participate in a day-long multi-disciplinary forum on ‘Global Systems 2.0’ as part of programmes at The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His Holiness will then give a public talk on ‘A Global Challenge: Creating a Culture of Peace’ at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island on October 17, followed by public talks at the Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut, on October 18-19 on ‘The Art of Compassion’ and ‘Advice for Daily Life.’
Returning to New York, the Dalai Lama will hold a one-day discussion on ‘Contemplative Practice and Health: Laboratory Findings and Real World Challenges’ at the Rockefeller University on October 20.
As per the website of the Dalai Lama’s office, the Tibetan leader’s final public event for the visit will be a teaching on The Essence of Buddhism in the at the request of the Tibetan and Kalmyk Communities at the Lincoln Center on October 21.