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The International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism will be held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel from October 18-20, 2010, in conjunction with the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Emory University. This conference is co-sponsored by the Office of Tibet, New York, and Emory University, with support from the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture in Washington, DC, and Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA.

After fifty years, the dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world is no longer in its infancy, but has reached a crucial intermediate stage. Having established itself and laid down roots outside of traditionally Tibetan Buddhist areas through the efforts of many teachers, and particularly His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the time has come for teachers and students of Tibetan Buddhism to consider its future direction, with an eye to ensuring that the tradition continues to grow as a beneficial force for the peace, well-being and happiness of humanity. Coinciding with the three-day visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, this conference will bring together the preeminent leaders, teachers, scholars, translators, supporters, and students of Tibetan Buddhism from both traditionally Tibetan Buddhist areas and western countries to engage in substantive discussion about the current state of Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world and how best to move forward collectively.

What is the current situation of Tibetan Buddhism, and what does the future hold for it? What new challenges and opportunities present themselves for an ancient tradition that now finds itself as one among many traditions in the modern world? How will Tibetan Buddhism be transformed through its encounter with modern society, science, and other religious traditions, and what can it bring to complement them?

This major international conference will focus on Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world, following on from the Congress of Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Centers of the Americas, held at the Garrison Institute, NY, in 2003. The conference promises to be distinctive due to the contemporary relevance of the topics to be discussed and the diversity of speakers and participants who will be present, including leaders of Tibetan Buddhist communities in both traditionally Buddhist and western countries, some of the most prominent western scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, and representatives from western Dharma centers.

For further information, please visit: http://www.tibetanbuddhismconference.com/

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama returns to the Emory University campus Oct. 17-19, 2010, in his capacity as Presidential Distinguished Professor, the first university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama will participate in a series of public events, including programs on science research and meditation, creativity and spirituality, an interfaith dialogue and a teaching for the Buddhist community on compassion.

Some events include:

THE CREATIVE JOURNEY: Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama about Spirituality and Creativity
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Brief Description: Listen to Internationally known humanitarian and award-winning actor Richard Gere along with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker as they converse with the Dalai Lama on the symbiotic relationship between spirituality and the arts.

COMPASSION MEDITATION: Mapping Current Research and Charting Future Directions
Monday, October 18, 2010, 9:30–11:30 a.m. (Session 1) and
1:30–3:30 p.m. (Session 2)
Four hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama! This event will bring together researchers from leading universities to map the current field of compassion meditation research and to chart future directions as well as to discuss implementing this knowledge in educational and clinical settings. The Dalai Lama will participate fully in both sessions.

THE PROFESSOR’S OFFICE HOURS: Questions for the Dalai Lama from the Emory Community
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 10 – 11:30 a.m (Note the new end-time)
Brief Description: Emory students, faculty, and staff gather for a town-hall style conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Questions, representing the breadth and depth of Emory’s academic community, will be posed to the Dalai Lama, Emory University’s Presidential Distinguished Professor. Emory’s President James W. Wagner will moderate the conversation. (Tickets now available to the general public! Only $10 and $15 for reserved seats!).

International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism
Monday, October 18 (opening reception), Tuesday October, 19 and Wednesday, October 20 (Conference Sessions)
Brief Description: The first of its kind and scope, the International Tibetan Buddhism Conference will bring together the preeminent leaders, teachers, scholars, and translators of Tibetan Buddhism from both traditionally Tibetan Buddhist areas and western countries to engage in substantive discussion about the current state of Tibetan Buddhism in the modern world and how best to move forward collectively. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will inaugurate the conference and preside over the opening session.
Registration to this conference (purchased before October 1) will include a complementary admission to the “Teaching to the Buddhist Community” event detailed below.

INTERFAITH SUMMIT ON HAPPINESS: Understanding and Promoting Happiness in Today’s Society
THE REGULAR TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE SOLD OUT. A FEW GOLD/RED TICKETS REMAIN THROUGH SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES.
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Brief Description: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will open the forum with an address followed by responses from The Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth; and George Washington University Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a world-renowned scholar on Islam. Krista Tippett, host and producer of the award-winning public radio program Speaking of Faith, will moderate a discussion among the Dalai Lama and other panelists immediately following their formal presentations.

TEACHING TO THE BUDDHIST COMMUNITY: The Practice of Compassion
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 9:45–11:15 a.m. (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE)
Brief Description: This teaching will offer a coveted opportunity to witness a teaching to the region’s Buddhist community. The Dalai Lama will explain the nature of compassion and the practices for cultivating it as understood in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Tickets available July 6th.

WITNESS TO PROGRESS AND POSSIBILITIES: A luncheon to support the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative
Monday, October 18, 2010, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Sponsors will be invited to a special Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI) luncheon on October 18. Enjoy a light meal while bearing witness to a key meeting between the Dalai Lama and the ETSI faculty. When the meeting concludes, the Dalai Lama will make brief remarks to the intimate group of supporters in attendance. This is a rare opportunity to observe the inner workings of this ground-breaking program and will not be open to the public.

HONORING THE PROFESSOR: A private lunch in honor of the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Endowment-level supporters receive an exclusive invitation to join President Wagner at the table with other University dignitaries in a private lunch on October 19 with the Dalai Lama in celebration of his continuing work as Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory.

More information on: http://dalailama.emory.edu/2010/index.html