The Visit 2010

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.  We invite you to explore the many event opportunities and hope that you will join us in October.

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OVERVIEW OF EVENTS

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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. (Learn more)

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. (Learn more)

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!).  (Learn more)

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. (Learn more)
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. (Learn more)

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. (Learn more)

EXCLUSIVE SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to various benefits like special reserved seating, faster entrance, and reserved parking, sponsors of The Visit receive access to exclusive events not open to the public (including the Emory-only THE PROFESSOR'S OFFICE HOURS event).  See Sponsorship Opportunities to learn more about the benefits associated with the various sponsorship levels.

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. (Learn more)

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. (Learn more)

Ticketing notes (please read before purchasing tickets)

A note on ticket prices:  The event ticket prices are set at a level to cover the costs of the event. Events of this magnitude, particularly in facilities not designed for major theater-style events, and those needing costly security and transportation accommodations to move 20,000 people safely through the process, carry very high costs.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama does not accept a speaking fee, and asks that ticket prices be set at a level which covers the costs of the events so that the host does not bear any financial burden for his visit.  Any funds raised through ticket sales and sponsorship packages, above and beyond the costs to produce the event, will go directly to the Emory-Tibet Partnership and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (through Emory College of Arts and Sciences) to further the work that the Dalai Lama is here to support.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PURCHASING TICKETS:

PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ORDERING FOR THE CORRECT EVENT.  MANY EVENT NAMES MAY APPEAR SIMILAR.  THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON TICKET SALES.  

EACH TICKET LINK BELOW GOES DIRECTLY TO THAT TICKET OPTION.  REMEMBER, IF YOU NEED A SEAT WITH A BACK, CHOOSE A RESERVED FLOOR SEATS.  THE BLEACHER SEATS ARE PADDED, BUT BACKLESS, WOODEN BENCH-TYPE SEATS.

THERE ARE SPACES FOR WHEELCHAIRS IN ALL SEATING AREAS.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO REQUEST WHEELCHAIR SPACE WHEN ORDERING YOUR TICKET.  USHERS WILL TAKE YOU TO THE NEAREST WHEELCHAIR AREA.  IF YOU HAVE A HEARING IMPAIRMENT, AND DO NOT USE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE, WE RECOMMEND BRINGING A PERSONAL AUDIO AMPLIFICATION DEVICE.  THERE ARE NOT SEATS THAT ARE "CLOSE TO SPEAKERS" SINCE THE SPEAKERS ARE RAISED WELL ABOVE THE AUDIENCE AND PROJECT EVENLY THROUGHOUT THE VENUE. 

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