Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, the Drepung Gomang Institute, and the City of Louisville will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama May 19-21, 2013.
The three-day event, called “Engaging Compassion”, will begin on Sunday, May 19 at the YUM! Center when the Dalai Lama will present a public talk to an expected crowd of 16,000.
The Dalai Lama has been the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal and is known around the world as a spokesman for the non-violent, peaceful and compassionate resolution of human conflict.
The Dalai Lama’s talk will focus on how individuals can engage with compassion from within his or her own religious tradition in order to build world peace from the local level to the world community. The two-hour presentation will include a strong interfaith component followed by interaction with local interfaith religious dignitaries and other leaders.
On Monday, May 20, at the Yum! Center the Dalai Lama will give a two-part public Buddhist teaching in the morning and afternoon. This event is expected to draw a large crowd of people wishing to explore and deepen their understanding of the Buddhist faith. The teaching is called “Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”. Both events are open to all.
On Tuesday, May 21, His Holiness will address middle and high school students at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Educating young people on the path of non-violence and compassion is dear to the Dalai Lama’s heart. This is a closed door event and the students will attend by invitation only through their schools. In addition to His Holiness’ speaking engagements, organizers are planning the three-day event to include a rich program of music, arts, cultural performances, dialogue and discussions that will touch the entire community of Louisville and raise awareness around the topic of compassion and kindness.
Many other exciting events are planned for the build up to His Holiness' arrival - aTibetan film festival, a large rock event at the Yum! Center, a symposium on compassion in business, The Festival of Faiths and various cultural performances and exhibitions.
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