|The following article is from the Spring, 1997 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.
Rochester, New York July 22-24, 1997
Something remarkable is happening in Rochester, New York. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, will come to Rochester from India to give the Kalachakra Teachings and Empowerment. Penor Rinpoche has been invited by Ven. Ayang Rinpoche, founder of both the Amitabha Foundation and Rochester's Drikung Institute. Additionally, they plan to have one week of Kalachakra teachings will precede the empowerment and a week of retreat will follow.
Events are shaping up that will communicate the spirit of the Dharmato the non-Buddhist community. The University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery have invited the Namgyal monks to create the Kalachakra Sand Mandala during a seven-week exhibit in May and June, 1997. School Without Walls, one of Rochester's high schools, is making Tibet the theme of its 1996-97 academic year. In May, students from the school, working with the monks, will make a children's mandala utilizing their own symbols to express the common aspiration to happiness of a diverse community. The business community, a local hospital, and the interfaith community are all planning seminars or lectures related to the healing spirit of this empowerment. Rochester's media will provide extensive coverage and community leaders will take part.
The empowerment will take place in the heart of downtown Rochester on the falls of the Genesee River.
For more information, contact: Frank Howard, Amitabha Foundation, 45 Knolltop Drive, Rochester, NY 14610, 716-454-3644, [email protected]