THE CREATIVE JOURNEY: Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama about Spirituality and Creativity

The Creative Journey

Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama about Spirituality and Creativity

Featuring Richard Gere and Alice Walker


Please read important ticketing info before purchasing. Parking for this event is off-site (park-n-ride). Details and permit info.

How do the arts help us to express, or indeed to uncover, our spiritual yearnings and questions or certainties?  What do the artist and the spiritual master have to teach each other from their respective disciplines?  What is the role of tradition (or, conversely, iconoclasm) in maintaining or renewing art and spiritual life?  Is the human being innately spiritual, innately artistic? 

Internationally known humanitarian and award-winning actor Richard Gere will join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker for "The Creative Journey: Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Spirituality and Creativity" at Emory University on Oct. 19. The event is part of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama's return visit to the Emory campus Oct. 17-19 in his capacity as Presidential Distinguished Professor.

Co-presented by Emory’s Creativity: Arts and Innovation initiative.

More about the participants

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

Alice Walker

Richard Gere

His Holiness the
XIV Dalai Lama

Alice Walker
Author, poet
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Alice Walker Literary Society

Richard Gere
Humanitarian, actor


View inside Woodruff PE Center

This event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Physical Education Center (capacity: 4,000) on the campus of Emory University. Parking for this event is off-site (park-n-ride). Details and permit info.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and all guests must arrive at the satellite parking lots no later than 11:30 a.m. to allow time for travel and security clearance.

Tickets prices: $40 for general-admission bleacher seating (see note below), and $65, $85, and $100 for reserved seating on the main level.  See seating chart and ticket-price grid below.  All prices are before handling and convenience fees but include all applicable sales tax. 



Event date, time, and participants (except for His Holiness the Dalai Lama) are subject to change.  All ticket sales are final. Net proceeds from all The Visit 2010 events benefit the Emory-Tibet Partnership and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.

Have you considered a sponsorship package? Sponsor benefits vary depending on level, but can include premium seats, reserved on-site parking, VIP entrance, and exclusive event opportunities not available to the general public. Click here to learn more.

Important notes (Please read before purchasing):


Parking for this event is off-site (park-n-ride). Details and permit info.


Bleacher seats are padded, wooden, bench-type seats with no backs.  Personal  “stadium chair seat-backs” are not permitted through security. Please select a floor seat if you require a chair with a back. Wheelchair seating is available in all zones. Large video screens are provided for enhanced viewing.  The facility is wheelchair accessible. Spaces for wheelchairs will be made available at the base of the bleachers. Space limitations allow for only one companion seat next to each wheelchair. Events at the Woodruff Physical Education Center will feature American Sign Language interpreting. Please see an usher for directions to the appropriate seating area. Again, space limitations allow for only one  companion seat next to the guest requesting American Sign Language interpretation services. If you have a hearing impairment, and do not utilize American Sign Language interpreting (a signer will be present at all public events), we recommend that you bring a personal audio amplification device.  There are not any seats or zones that are "closer to the audio speakers" since the speakers are flown well above the audience and project evenly throughout the venue.  No cameras, recording devices, laptop computers, large purses, bags, backpacks, or other prohibited items posted at the venue will be allowed into venues.  There will be no place to check those items, so please lock all bags and prohibited items securely in your car or leave them at home.  All attendees are required to clear security and are subject to search.  All purses and containers will be inspected.  Please approach the security screening as if you were planning to travel through airport security.  Do not wear or carry metal items, and be prepared with government-issued photo identification). Cell phones are permitted, but must be turned off during the program. One clear plastic bottle of water per guest is permitted. Please help our campus recycling efforts by using the appropriate trash containers.

Seating Chart (click to view full size)

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THE CREATIVE JOURNEY: Artists in Conversation with the Dalai Lama about Spirituality and Creativity



Bleacher Seating
General Admission
Blue Zone
 Reserved Seating


Red Zone

Reserved Seating

Gold Circle

Reserved Seating
Sponsor Seating
and additional benefits





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All ticket prices above are before ticketing and handling fees
(approximately $6-$9 per ticket). Ticket prices include applicable sales tax.
UPDATE: The event is currently SOLD OUT.  There is a chance that a small number of tickets will be released later this week.  Join our mailing list to be notified as soon as they are released.
Gold and red zone seats still available through the sponsorship packages (Patron level and higher).