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The City of New Orleans welcomes His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama! The visit to our fair city, titled “Resilience: Strength through Compassion and Connection,” is a momentous affair with many components.

May 16 - 17 Conference
May 17 Public Talk: Strength Through Compassion
May 18 Public Talk: Strength Through Connection
May 14 - 18 Tibetan Cultural Center (Free and open to the public)
May 14 - 17 Sand Mandala (Free and open to the public)


Tickets to each component are sold separately. No profit will be made from this visit. Revenue will pay for expenses and any remaining funds will be donated to a charity that will be announced.

This historic event will also feature:

Drepung Loseling Monks

Drepung Loseling Monastery is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. For more on the monks, click here.

Chanting

The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting, known as zokkay (complete chord). They will perform at the beginning of each of the H.H. Dalai Lama Talks.

Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord. Acclaimed author Dr. Huston Smith, who so wonderfully documented this Tibetan phenomenon in his film The Mystic’s Journey: Requiem for a Faith, referred to multiphonic chanting as “lifting the human spirit to the level of the gods.”

Sand Mandala

Tuesday - Friday
Closing Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.

(Free and open to the public)

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. As with the Buddhist tradition as a whole, sand painting has its roots in the tantric legacy of Buddhist India, extending back more than 20,000 years to the time preceding the migration of native North Americans from Central Asia. Thus we see similarities between the Buddhist arts and the sand painting traditions of the natives of the Southwestern United States, such as the Hopi and the Navajo.

Tibetan Cultural Center

The monks will host a marketplace where they will sell Tibetan goods. Access to the Tibetan Cultural Center is free and open to the public.

(Source: The Mystical Arts of Tibet)

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