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CONTACT: Molly Stieber, 215/568-2525
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Tickets To Go On Sale For Rare Visit By
His Holiness the Dalai Lama To Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (August 3, 2015) – The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia and the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia are pleased to announce an official visit to Philadelphia by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. His Holiness’ official visit will take place on October 26 and 27, 2015, during which he will hold a public teaching, and take part in a larger public forum.

Two public events are currently being planned for His Holiness’ visit. At 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, a public teaching titled The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind will take place at LaSalle University, Hayman Center, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia. The second event, a public forum, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27, at the Liacouras Center of Temple University, Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. The topic will be Finding Happiness in Troubled Times: Educating the Heart in the 21st Century. Tickets can be purchased starting on Wednesday, August 12, by visiting www.DalaiLamaPhilly.org. Tax deductible contributions are also being sought to support both events.

The official visit to Philadelphia coincides with the presentation of the 2015 Liberty Medal to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, on Monday evening, October 26, at the National Constitution Center on Independence National Historical Park. The Liberty Medal annually honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.

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The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and cultural head of the Tibetan Government in Exile. Born in Amdo, Tibet in 1935, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937. He was enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama on February 22, 1940, during a ceremony in Lhasa, Tibet. His Holiness is the embodiment of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, and has become an international representative for peace and compassion, earning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989. He continues to address audiences on his three main commitments: human values (compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline); religious harmony; and preservation of the Tibetan culture of peace and non-violence.

“It is our hope for His Holiness to have a successful trip to Philadelphia and that his visit and his presence will be beneficial and meaningful for the people of the City of Brotherly Love,” said the Venerable Lama Losang Samten, spiritual director of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, and a former attendant to His Holiness. “We hope to work with the City and many organizations to create an environment of kindness during the visit. Kindness is something that Philadelphia should never be in short supply of.”

This historic visit by the Dalai Lama is especially important to the approximately 160 members of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, an organization of Tibetans, Tibet-an-Americans, and their spouses that works to promote and preserve their cultural her-itage. Many of their members are refugees because of the Chinese occupation of Tibet following the 1959 uprising. “His Holiness embodies love and compassion, and will bring that message of love, compassion, happiness and peace to Philadelphia, where it is much needed,” said Chodak Legshy, president of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. “We, the Tibetans in Philadelphia, follow the path of non-violence and compassion taught by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We believe his visit will bring joy to everyone’s life and peace to every heart.”

The visit by the Dalai Lama is another exciting event for Philadelphia following the anticipated visit by Pope Francis during the Catholic World Meeting of Families in September 2015.

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“On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, we are privileged to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His compassion and tolerance embody the very spirit of our city,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. Noting the unprecedented visit of two world spiritual leaders a month apart, he continued, “The city is fortunate to host two of the world’s most inspirational leaders in such a short time.”

For more information, including interview opportunities and official press invitations to the above mentioned events, please contact Devine + Partners at 215/568-2525 or mstieber@devineandpartners.com.

ABOUT THE TIBETAN ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA
The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia (TAP), founded in 2002, is a non-profit organi-zation of Tibetans in the State of Pennsylvania. It strives to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan culture, traditions, and language within the Tibetan Community and further the just cause of Tibet. The Tibetan Association is committed to the principle of non-violence and considers His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the Spiritual leader of Tibet. It recognizes the Central Tibetan Administration, based in India, as the legitimate representative.

TAP also organizes numerous activities throughout the year including an annual Tibetan Bazaar and Festival, Losar celebrations (Tibetan New Year), Lhakar (a time for preserving Tibetan culture), March 10 (a day of remembrance of the uprising against China’s occupation), December 10 as Human Rights Day, and a celebratory picnic every July 6 on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday. TAP also participates in other annual events such as Philadelphia’s 4th of July parade, and other festivals and events. For more information, please visit www.phillytibetans.com

ABOUT THE CHENREZIG TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTER OF PHILADELPHIA
Founded in 1989, Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The main goal of the Center is to cultivate compassion and loving kindness, based on the philosophy and methods taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The organization’s educational focus is to teach and share the principles of Tibetan Buddhist thought, meditation and practice. For more information, please visit www.tibetanbuddhist.org.

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CONTACT: Molly Stieber, 215/568-2525
mstieber@devineandpartners.com

Tickets To Go On Sale For Rare Visit By His Holiness the Dalai Lama To Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (August 3, 2015) – The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia and the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia are pleased to announce an official visit to Philadelphia by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. His Holiness’ official visit will take place on October 26 and 27, 2015, during which he will hold a public teaching, and take part in a larger public forum.

Two public events are currently being planned for His Holiness’ visit. At 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, a public teaching titled The Wisdom of Cherishing Others. Eight Verses for Training the Mind will take place at LaSalle University, Hayman Center, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia. The second event, a public forum, will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27, at the Liacouras Center of Temple University, Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue. The topic will be Finding Happiness in Troubled Times: Educating the Heart in the 21st Century. Tickets can be purchased starting on Wednesday, August 12, by visiting www.DalaiLamaPhilly.org. Tax deductible contributions are also being sought to support both events.

The official visit to Philadelphia coincides with the presentation of the 2015 Liberty Medal to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, on Monday evening, October 26, at the National Constitution Center on Independence National Historical Park. The Liberty Medal annually honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.

-more-

Tickets Go On Sale/ page 2 of 3

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual and cultural head of the Tibetan Government in Exile. Born in Amdo, Tibet in 1935, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937. He was enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama on February 22, 1940, during a ceremony in Lhasa, Tibet. His Holiness is the embodiment of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, and has become an international representative for peace and compassion, earning the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1989. He continues to address audiences on his three main commitments: human values (compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline); religious harmony; and preservation of the Tibetan culture of peace and non-violence.

“It is our hope for His Holiness to have a successful trip to Philadelphia and that his visit and his presence will be beneficial and meaningful for the people of the City of Brotherly Love,” said the Venerable Lama Losang Samten, spiritual director of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, and a former attendant to His Holiness. “We hope to work with the City and many organizations to create an environment of kindness during the visit. Kindness is something that Philadelphia should never be in short supply of.”

This historic visit by the Dalai Lama is especially important to the approximately 160 members of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, an organization of Tibetans, Tibet-an-Americans, and their spouses that works to promote and preserve their cultural her-itage. Many of their members are refugees because of the Chinese occupation of Tibet following the 1959 uprising. “His Holiness embodies love and compassion, and will bring that message of love, compassion, happiness and peace to Philadelphia, where it is much needed,” said Chodak Legshy, president of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. “We, the Tibetans in Philadelphia, follow the path of non-violence and compassion taught by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We believe his visit will bring joy to everyone’s life and peace to every heart.”

The visit by the Dalai Lama is another exciting event for Philadelphia following the anticipated visit by Pope Francis during the Catholic World Meeting of Families in September 2015.

-more -

Tickets Go On Sale/ page 3 of 3

“On behalf of the City of Philadelphia, we are privileged to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His compassion and tolerance embody the very spirit of our city,” said Mayor Michael Nutter. Noting the unprecedented visit of two world spiritual leaders a month apart, he continued, “The city is fortunate to host two of the world’s most inspirational leaders in such a short time.”

For more information, including interview opportunities and official press invitations to the above mentioned events, please contact Devine + Partners at 215/568-2525 or mstieber@devineandpartners.com.

ABOUT THE TIBETAN ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA
The Tibetan Association of Philadelphia (TAP), founded in 2002, is a non-profit organi-zation of Tibetans in the State of Pennsylvania. It strives to preserve and promote the unique Tibetan culture, traditions, and language within the Tibetan Community and further the just cause of Tibet. The Tibetan Association is committed to the principle of non-violence and considers His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the Spiritual leader of Tibet. It recognizes the Central Tibetan Administration, based in India, as the legitimate representative.

TAP also organizes numerous activities throughout the year including an annual Tibetan Bazaar and Festival, Losar celebrations (Tibetan New Year), Lhakar (a time for preserving Tibetan culture), March 10 (a day of remembrance of the uprising against China’s occupation), December 10 as Human Rights Day, and a celebratory picnic every July 6 on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday. TAP also participates in other annual events such as Philadelphia’s 4th of July parade, and other festivals and events. For more information, please visit www.phillytibetans.com

ABOUT THE CHENREZIG TIBETAN BUDDHIST CENTER OF PHILADELPHIA
Founded in 1989, Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The main goal of the Center is to cultivate compassion and loving kindness, based on the philosophy and methods taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The organization’s educational focus is to teach and share the principles of Tibetan Buddhist thought, meditation and practice. For more information, please visit www.tibetanbuddhist.org.

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