Dalai Lama to visit NOLA

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Details of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to New Orleans in May 2013 were announced at a press conference today. The Tulane University School of Social Work is presenting the visit, where His Holiness will participate in a conference and speak at two events. Tickets to the events will be sold at www.dalailamanola.com.

"After the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, we learned a lot about the deep trauma that occurred among the city's population and the extraordinary resilience of the people of the Gulf Coast," said Dr. Ronald Marks, Dean of the Tulane University School of Social Work. "We feel that His Holiness' visit to New Orleans will contribute enormously to furthering the healing of our city's residents."

The conference, titled "Resilience: Strength Through Compassion and Connection," will be held May 16 - 18 at the Morial Convention Center. World-renowned author and speaker Margaret Wheatley and famed Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Dr. Richard J. Davidson will speak at the conference.

In addition to the conference, His Holiness will speak at two events that anyone can attend with the purchase of a ticket. The first talk, titled "Strength Through Compassion," will be held at the Morial Convention Center on Friday, May 17. The second talk, titled "Strength Through Connection," will be held the following day, Saturday, May 18 at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena.

To commemorate the historic visit, Drepung Loseling monks will visit New Orleans. The monks are known for their multiphonic chanting, known as zokkay. They will perform at the beginning of each of His Holiness' talks.

The monks will also create an elaborate sand mandala at the Morial Convention Center beginning Tuesday, May 14. The public is welcome to view the ancient tradition in progress free of charge between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. A closing ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m. when the monks will lead a procession to the Mississippi River and disperse the sand into the flowing water.

The public is also invited to a Tibetan Bazaar where authentic goods will be sold. It will be held at the Morial Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the conference through Friday, May 17 and at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Saturday, May 18.

Revenue generated from ticket sales will be used to underwrite the events. Any remaining funds will be donated to a nonprofit organization that will be selected with the Office of Tibet and publicly announced at a later date.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Welcome Celebration

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. "The Resilience of New Orleans"

9:00 a.m. - Noon "Whatever the Trauma, Community is the Answer," Margaret Wheatley

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. "Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind," Dr. Richard Davidson

Tibetan Bazaar & Sand Mandala

Friday, May 17, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. His Holiness the Dalai Lama

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dr. Richard Davidson

Margaret Wheatley

11:15 a.m. Conference Concludes

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Strength Through Compassion" - Morial Convention Center New Orleans Theater

His Holiness the Dalai Lama believes that the purpose of life is to be happy. Join us as His Holiness explores how we discover that which will bring about the greatest degree of happiness- compassion. By showing compassion and feeling sympathy for others' suffering, our own serenity and inner strength will increase.

Tibetan Bazaar & Sand Mandala

5:30 p.m. Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

Saturday, May 18, 2013

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Strength Through Connection" - University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena

The world is becoming smaller and one can easily recognize that everyone on earth is connected. We all suffer and experience joy. To meet the challenges of our times, though, we must develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. His Holiness will share his thoughts on how we as one global society can find strength through that connection and forge a pathway to peace and prosperity for all.

More at www.DalaiLamaNola.com