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Dalai Lama to visit Vancouver, give religious teaching

September 29, 2014

Canada News Wire, September 23, 2014 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give an in-depth teaching on compassion at the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (formerly the Thunderbird Arena) in Vancouver, BC, on October 23, 2014, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Suitable for families and all audiences, the teaching will focus on compassion as a path to inner happiness and the transformation of ordinary experience into transcendental wisdom. Unlike the more generalized "public talks" he has given in the past, His Holiness will provide line-by-line explanations of a sacred Buddhist text to guide the audience in the practice of mindful compassion.

The Dalai Lama has presented this empowerment around the world to diverse audiences and will be presenting it for the first time in Vancouver. He emphasizes the universality of the teaching, which embodies the values of compassion and kindness that are widely found in the world's spiritual traditions and philosophies.

The teaching is titled "Avalokiteshvara Empowerment" in reference to Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist deity of compassion, mercy, and altruism. This beloved deity is known as Guanyin in China, Kannon in Japan, and Chenrezig in Tibet. As an empowerment, this teaching will convey specific practices for cultivating compassion in daily life. The empowerment has a continuous 2000 year-old history as a direct transmission of wisdom and compassion passed from teacher to student. As part of this heritage, every audience member will receive a blessed artifact from His Holiness.

Renowned anthropologist and author Wade Davis will be introducing His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In addition, a Himalayan marketplace will be set up with unique vendors, artisans, and community groups.

This event is co-organized by the Tibetan Cultural Society of BC (TCSBC) and the Tsengdok Monastery Association. Event proceeds will go to the BC chapter of the Tibetan Resettlement Project, a humanitarian initiative launched by His Holiness to resettle 1000 displaced Tibetans to Canada. The project reaches out to Tibetans living in the most impoverished camps of Arunachal Pradesh, a region of India that borders Tibet. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Mandarin Chinese and Vietnamese translations will be provided.

For more information:  www.dalailamavancouver.com

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