His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will address a 1,500+ invited audience on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16, in Medford at Kurukulla Center in Medford. The center and its clergy, the late Geshe Tsulga and current resident monk teacher Geshe Tenley, have been instrumental in requesting the Dalai Lama to visit the Center.
“We are beyond delighted that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will again be visiting Kurukulla Center and thereby fulfilling one of Geshe Tsulga’s dying wishes,” says Geshe Tenley. “We believe this visit will bring blessings to everyone: neighbors, Boston, the people of Massachusetts, and all people.”
This will be the second visit of the Dalai Lama to Kurukulla Center. During his visit, he will address the community and consecrate the Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace, which is located in the backyard of the center. Fifteen feet high and built according to sacred geometry and centuries-old principles, the stupa took four years to complete and is a contemplative focal point in the heart of the Center’s garden. Although stupas are common in Asian countries where Buddhism has flourished, few are found in the Western world and, up to now, none in the greater Boston region.
“Tibetan culture and religion are dying in Tibet, where genocidal oppressive policies prevail. The Kalachakra Stupa is of great importance for Tibetan religious and cultural preservation. It is also, quite simply, a beautiful sculpture and creates a peaceful energy in the garden for all to enjoy. Neighbors and other Medford residents often drop by to sit quietly in its presence,” says Sean Gonzalez, event coordinator.
The Dalai Lama’s political successor, Lobsang Sangye, the Prime Minster of the Tibetan Government in Exile, will be in attendance along with his family, who are residents of Medford. The Dalai Lama’s other events during his three day visit to the area are being organized by The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT and Prajnopaya Institute of Buddhist Studies. See www.DalaiLamaBoston2012.com for more information.
Made in Medford, a community driven online video network, is the media partner for the event. They are providing an outdoor screen to broadcast the talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, so that those who do not have tickets inside can watch. Viewers can also watch live on MadeinMedford.com.
About Kurukulla Center
Kurukulla offers to the greater Boston region classes such as Buddhism 101, Dharma in Daily Life, Buddhist Philosophy, Yoga, and Meditation, as well as special events. All are welcome to sit in the temple, browse the bookstore and library, or just have a cup of tea. Visit www.kurukulla.org for more information, including a calendar of events. Kurukulla Center is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, an international, non-profit Buddhist organization. Visit www.fpmt.org.
About Made in Medford
Made in Medford is honored and deeply grateful to help bring this unique experience to the community. In addition to watching His Holiness the Dalai Lama give his private talk live on MadeInMedford.com, visitors without a ticket to the event at the Kurukulla Center can watch outside on a screen provided by Made in Medford. MadeinMedford.com is a community-driven, online video network where you can participate in what happens in Medford. The site is part of Project Open Voice, a new program dedicated to connecting local communities through the video and interactive media of its groups, institutions and programs.
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