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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

the dalai lama in los angeles

as i read the update from insight yoga (see yesterday's post) that started something like this:

To coincide and celebrate the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday September 12-14th, 8pm

i said to myself, "really?!?"

i suppose that might explain the ongoing exhibit at the fowler (which, by the way, will end on sept 10th -- that's THIS SUNDAY, if you still haven't been there).

i did some googling and found this on the website of the thubten dhargye ling buddhist center in long beach:

Save the Date: Sept 12, 13 & 14th, 2006

Welcome to the website for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Los Angeles, 2006!

Venerable Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen and the students of Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist Center in Long Beach, California, are greatly honored and deeply pleased to be hosting His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama on September 12, 13, and 14, 2006 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Our time with the His Holiness will be divided into two days of teaching and one day of initiation at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, and a public talk at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

This year's teachings, while open to everyone interested, will be focused toward practicing students of Buddhism. On the first two days His Holiness will teach from Arya Nagarjuna's splendid and concise text, Jangchup Semdrel, Commentary on Bodhicitta (mind of enlightenment). On the last day, His Holiness will confer the Chittamani Tara Permission Initiation (Dolma Chittamani Jenang). The teachings and initiation will be translated into English, Chinese and Vietnamese.

The public talk will be given by His Holiness on Wednesday, September 13th at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City. The talk will begin at 2:30 pm. The topic is Compassion: the Source of Happiness.

Tickets for the teachings are sold out.

All monastic positions for the teachings have been filled. No new applications can be accepted.

Good seats for the public talk are available: Tickets for the public talk at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City (at Universal Studios) are available through Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1038252

Updates: In addition to this website, we have created an online information group
to help us keep you updated. If you join the group, you will have access to all the latest announcements regarding the event.

To contact us regarding this event, please email us at hhdl2006@gmail.com, or you can leave a phone message at (562) 987-2927. We will respond to all inquires as quickly as possible. Thank you for your interest and support.

so i went ahead and checked the ticketmaster site, and sure enough, all the tickets to the public event at the gibson amphitheater were sold out. no surprise.

it's also no surprise that these tickets, which cost $25 to $50, are now being sold by ticket brokers for over twice their face value.

not to worry, though; you may still have another chance to hear the dalai lama speak. here's the latest press release from CBS.com:

Dalai Lama To Speak At Shriver's Women Conference

Aug 30, 2006 2:32 pm US/Pacific

The Dalai Lama will speak at the California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women next month at the Long Beach Convention Center, it was announced Wednesday.

"I'm very honored that Maria Shriver asked me to come and speak to the women of California," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said.

"I have always believed that women have a unique role in society. Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. And there is no more important time for that than this moment."

Shriver traveled to North India earlier this month, where she met with the 14th Dalai Lama and extended a formal invitation to speak at the Sept. 26 conference.

"When I met with His Holiness in Dharamsala, I was particularly moved by his belief that women are the caretakers and educators of our future citizens and society," Shriver said. "What I think women will find challenging, but interesting, is to consider how perhaps by doing less, we can do more."

Following his 30-minute late afternoon speech, the Dalai Lama will field questions from the audience, then guide the estimated 11,000 attendees in a brief meditation exercise.

As the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, he has advocated better understanding and respect among the different faiths of the world, imparting a message of universal responsibility, love, compassion and kindness.

About five dozen speakers and panelists are scheduled to participate in this year's conference, including Martha Stewart, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Tyra Banks, Tim Russert, Maureen Dowd, Anna Quindlen, Suze Orman and Elle Macpherson.

The general session sold out in 72 hours, but conference organizers will release a limited number of "afternoon-only session" tickets in the upper sections of the arena.

Those $40 tickets will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at www.CaliforniaWomen.org.

here's your chance to see and hear the dalai lama while he's in town. set your alarm for tomorrow morning to make sure you don't miss out on this opportunity!