His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York City August 12-15

The following article is from the Spring, 1999 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Public Talk in Central Park; Teachings at the Beacon Theater

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits New York City August 12-15. Events will include a public talk in Central Park and three days of teachings at the Beacon Theater. This visit is sponsored by the Tibet Center and Gere Productions, Inc. with support from the Gere Foundation.

The Central Park event will take place on Sunday, August 15, beginning at 11:00 AM. Open to all and free of charge, the gathering will be in East Meadow (entrance at 98th Street and Fifth Avenue). The Dalai Lama will speak on ways of leading a virtuous, compassionate and happy life, and diminishing anger, craving and pride. He will conclude by giving a traditional Tibetan Buddhist long life blessing.

At the Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway at 74th Street), the Dalai Lama will teach for three days from Thursday, August 12 through Saturday August 14th, 10:00 AM to Noon, and 2:004:00 PM each day. The teachings entitled, Training the Mind/ Opening the Heart, will be based on two ancient texts, Stages of Medi tation and the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

Tickets for the Beacon Theater teachings are available through Ticketmaster (212-307-7171/outside New York/New Jersey/Connecticut 800-755-4000) or at the Beacon Theater box office (212496-7070). Tickets may be purchased for the entire series or for individual days. Seating is limited and is expected to sell out quickly so early reservations are suggested. In addition to regular seating, there are Sponsor and Friend seats available; for these tickets only, please call 212-780-1999. For the Central Park event, no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Gere Foundation is a non-profit organization that contributes directly to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community-in-exile. Founded by Richard Gere, the foundation's goal is to aid in cultural, religious, health and educational survival of the Tibetan people.

The Tibet Center, the oldest Tibetan Buddhist center in New York City, was founded in 1975 by Reverend Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, a scholar and Tibetan lama. The Tibet Center provides a space for members and the general public to explore Buddhist teachings and practices as well as those of other faith communities. The Tibet Center is located at 107 E. 31st Street.

For general information on the full schedule of the visit of the Dalai Lama to New York, please call 212-780-1999 or visit the web site at www.thetibetcenter.org. ä_æ