In perhaps one of the biggest concert and lecture events ever to hit Syracuse, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will give a public talk at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 9th as part of the “Common Ground for Peace” forum. His talk is titled, “Resolving Conflict in One World through Global Consciousness,” and in addition a huge list of bands, rappers, pop artists, jazz artists, celebrities and thinkers will descend upon Syracuse for the historic event. There may be a month to go but you should probably get tickets as soon as possible, they start at just $35. This is a once in a lifetime experience so I suggest you go; it will attract thousands of people.
While the position of the Daila Lama is deeply interwoven into the fabric of Tibetan Buddhism, what you need to know is that he is the spiritual leader and head of Tibet’s government-in-exile. I’ll try to be brief on the history of the Dalai Lama (since it goes back to the 1300s), but there are a few things details you’ll need. The current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso and he was born in 1935 in the Qinghai province of China (a highly contested region for Tibet). Believed by Buddhists to be the reincarnation of a line of high priests and the manifestation of the bodhisattva (“enlightened being”) Avalokitesvara, a word that refers to one who tries to remove pain and suffering through compassion. Avalokitesvara is also said to represent the Buddha’s compassion and is the most widely revered bodhisattva in mainstream Buddhism. Via the official website: “Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.” Just think of it this way, the 14th Dalai Lama is internationally Buddhism’s highest monk. By the age of two he was recognized as the 13th Dalia Lama’s reincarnation, before beginning rigorous monastic education at age six. In 1949 China invaded Tibet and the following year–when Tenzin was fifteen–he assumed his full political power. The tiny nation stood no chance against China and in 1951 The Communist Party took ownership of Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. Eight years later the Tibetans revolted against Chinese rule, an event that ended in a violent suppression of the uprising. In grave danger, the Dalai Lama was forced into exile in ’59 and still remains in India’s Dharamsala today. The Chinese domination of Lhasa and oppression of Tibet remains a hotly contested political topic. I’ll be the last to say I fully understand or even grasp the many sides to this issue–there’s your disclaimer. For more on Tenzin’s, Tibet’s and Buddhism’s history, click here. I highly recommend watching 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (it’s streaming on Netflix) to fill in some details I undoubtedly overlooked.
Despite being from such a tiny nation, the Dalai Lama has won international renown for his acts of kindness and enlightened teaching of compassion as the most important virtue. He is respected by politicians, heads of state, royalty, and others across the globe. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent approach to the ongoing Tibetan liberation struggle. This year he received the Templeton Prize, an award for spiritual individuals. Laureates include the like of Billy Graham and Mother Theresa. Due to his ideas of universal compassion and an effervescent personality, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has supporters, admires, and followers worldwide. A chance to hear him speak–especially in Syracuse–is basically impossible. Until now.
On Monday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m. Goldstein Auditorium hosts the panel discussion called, “The Arab Spring.” In the same location starting at 1:00 p.m. is another panel discussion entitled, “Shifting the Global Consciousness.” Both include the Dalai Lama as a panelist and both sound quite interesting to me. Find out more here!
The main event is on October 9th in the Carrier Dome from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Before the impressive concert kicks off, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a talk called, “Resolving Conflict in One World through Global Consciousness.” If anyone has the credentials to speak on this topic, it’s the Dalai Lama. I’m excited to hear what he has to say; this opportunity is beyond rare. The event is emceed by Whoopi Goldberg. And now about the concert! There are over two dozen famous bands and more. Names to look out for include Dave Matthews, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Counting Crows, David Sanborn, Cyndi Lauper, Nelly Furtado, Joanne Shenandoah and many more. But don’t forget my two favorites–Nas and Matisyahu! When I first saw the list for this event I couldn’t believe it. You get to hear the Dalai Lama speak AND see some of the most well-known recording artists ever. You can’t go wrong with tickets around $35-55 (and up).
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One World Concert featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tuesday, October 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Carrier Dome
Monday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m.
Find out more here!
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