Dalai Lama To Teach in Arizona

The following article is from the Winter, 1993 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Plans have been announced for His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, to visit Arizona in September 1993.

The 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate will give a public talk in the Phoenix area on September 9. Teachings on the Patience chapter of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life will follow in Tucson from Sept. 9 through 15.

The visit is co-sponsored by Arizona Teachings, Inc. and the Arizona Friends of Tibet, both based in Tucson.

Lopon Claude d'Estree, president of Arizona Teachings, Inc., said plans call for the establishment of a Buddhist Institute for five days in a campus-like environment at the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson.

This will be an unprecedented opportunity for serious students and Buddhist scholars to attend teachings with His Holiness in an intimate setting, d'Estree said.

Between 750 and 1,000 participants are expected. Participants will be encouraged to stay at the resort to aid in creating a campuslike atmosphere.

From September 11 through September 15, the Dalai Lama will lecture for two hours in the morning, followed by a long lunch break and an afternoon lecture of about the same length. After dinner, Buddhist teachers noted for their scholarship will lead discussion groups and offer commentaries on the day's lectures. Arrangements are being made for hotel fees to include meals for all attendees, providing additional opportunities for discussion and practice. The site was chosen to integrate the beauty of the Great Sonoran Desert into the teaching environment, d'Estree said.

The Patience teachings by His Holiness will be audio-and video-taped to allow Buddhist centers around the world the opportunity to share in these teachings, and the teachings will also be published in book form by Snow Lion Publications.

Costs for the teachings include a $75 registration fee and a suggested minimum tax-deductible donation of $200. Registration information may be obtained by sending name and address to: Arizona Teachings, Inc., 4725 E. Sunrise Drive, #137, Tucson AZ 85718. Tel: 602-624-4517.

Recommended Reading List

Books marked with an asterisk (*) are considered essential preparation for the teachings.

Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught (Grove Press)*; Thubten Chodron, Open Heart, Clear Mind (Snow Lion); Dalai Lama, Kindness, Clarity and Insight (Snow Lion)*; Jeffrey Hopkins, The Tantric Distinction (Wisdom)*; Dalai Lama, Path to Bliss (Snow Lion)*; Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Meaningful to Behold (Tharpa)* (This book is a commentary on Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life.) Dalai Lama, Essence of Refined Gold (Snow Lion); Elizabeth Napper, Dependent Arising and Emptiness (Wisdom), particularly Part I; Shantideva, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, trans, by Stephen Batchelor (a new translation is due from Shambhala Publications in June 1993).* All these are available from Snow Lion.

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