New York, May 22: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, will visit five cities in the United States from September 5 to 24, 2003, at which time He will offer lectures in Buddhist philosophy and universal responsibility, participate in a scientific conference, and take part in an interfaith event to observe the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy. He will also give the inaugural address at the First Conference of Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers of the Americas.

Commencing His visit from San Francisco, California (September 4-6), His Holiness will receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of San Francisco on September 5, following which He will offer a public address to the University community. That evening, His Holiness will give a public talk at the San Francisco Symphony Hall. For information on purchasing tickets for the Public Talk ( please visit the website: www.himalayan-foundation.org )

On September 7, 2003 His Holiness will visit Bloomington, Indiana, where He will consecrate the Chamtse Ling Temple (Land of Compassion), a center for interfaith cooperation and dialogue. For more information ( please visit the Tibetan Cultural Center's website at: www.tibetancc.com ).

From Bloomington, His Holiness will visit Washington, DC from September 8 to 11, to participate in an interfaith event being organized by the Washington National Cathedral to observe the anniversary of September 11. His Holiness will also bestow the International Campaign for Tibet's Light of Truth awards for 2003. Moreover, He is expected to meet with Administration officials, as well as the leadership on Capitol Hill. ( For more information, visit: http://www.savetibet.org/ ).

His Holiness will be in Boston, Massachusetts from September 12-15, where He will join a group of scientists and academics in a two-day Mind and Life Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, His Holiness will spend one day meeting with Scholars at Harvard University, followed by an address to the Harvard community. His Holiness will also offer an address to the general public, entitled "The Global Community and the Need for Universal Responsibility? at the Fleet Center on September 14. For further information (please visit: www.dalailamaboston.org ).

From September 16 to 24, His Holiness will be in New York, NY to give a public teaching, entitled "Training the Mind, Opening the Heart" This event will be held at the Beacon Theater and will be based on two classic Buddhist texts. For information on purchasing tickets for the four-day teaching ( please visit: www.dalailamanyc.org ). On September 21, His Holiness will offer a free public talk on the spiritual guide to life in the East Meadow of Central Park. That evening, He will make a brief appearance at A Concert for Peace and Reconciliation at Avery Fisher Hall, sponsored by Healing the Divide. In addition, His Holiness will spend one day at Tibet House engaging in a series of dialogues on ethics. His Holiness will also be presented with the International League for Human Rights Annual Award and will be the keynote speaker at the presentation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Award.

While in New York, His Holiness will inaugurate and offer the keynote address at the First Conference of Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers of the Americas; a private gathering of Dharma community leaders and students. This unique event, which is being organized by the Office of Tibet in New York, will provide a forum in which the participants may share their experiences and challenges of teaching and practicing the Dharma in the Americas. The Conference will also address the issue of Universal Responsibility and the Buddhist contribution to peace and harmony in the world.

Regardless of the city, state, or country to which His Holiness travels, His objectives are always global in scope: to promote basic human values; to promote inter-religious harmony; and to look after the welfare of the Tibetan people and the preservation of the Tibetan cultural heritageŁ states Nawang Rabgyal, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas.

His Holiness will be meeting with the local Tibetan communities of each city He visits. He has been traveling to the United States since 1979, with His most recent visit taking place during the month of May 2001.

For further information, contact:

Annie Warner
The Office of Tibet
241 East 32nd Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 213-5010

The Office of Tibet is the official representative office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile to the Americas.


(Quelle  WISDOM Publications, September 2003)