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July 10th Program
 
SCHEDULE CHANGE BULLETIN

Schedule change announced for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit:
World-renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers will offer key background at July 10th session for His Holiness’ teachings, July 11th-15th.

The Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has announced a change in schedule for His Holiness’ trip to deliver a series of Teachings and a Public Lecture this July at Lehigh University.

Because of changes in his travel itinerary, His Holiness will arrive at Lehigh and begin teaching on July 11th not July 10th, as originally planned. However, the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, which is sponsoring His Holiness’ visit, in collaboration with the University, has arranged a program of speakers entitled, “Introducing the Path to Enlightenment.” This impressive program was proposed to His Holiness and His Holiness approved it. The program will feature four of the world’s foremost teachers of Tibetan Buddhism.

“INTRODUCING THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT” PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Welcome on behalf of the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Dr. Guy Newland. Speakers will be introduced by Dr. Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Morning Session (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
• Venerable Thubten Chodron, “The Layout of the Stages of the Path Teachings and their Contemplative Value”
• Dr. Robert Thurman, “Jey Tsong-kha-pa and his Masterwork, the Great Treatise”

Afternoon Session (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
• Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, “Compassion and the Altruistic Spirit of Enlightenment”
• Venerable Doboom Tulku Rimpoche, “Reasoning about Reality: Emptiness and the Path to Enlightenment”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will teach from July 11th through 15th on Tsong-kha-pa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lamrim Chenmo. In addition to the Teachings, His Holiness will deliver a public lecture, “Generating a Good Heart,” the afternoon of July 13th. Tickets for the public lecture remain sold out.
The teachers now scheduled for July 10th will give the audience key background knowledge of The Great Treatise and provide an important foundation for the Dalai Lama’s teachings over the following five days.
His Holiness’ presentations at Lehigh represent the most extensive teaching on this classic Tibetan Buddhist text that he has presented in North America.

“INTRODUCING THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT” PRESENTERS:

 
VENERABLE THUBTEN CHODRON
is an American Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition and founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in Newport, Washington. Ordained in 1977, she has studied under many Tibetan masters in India and Nepal and received full bhikshuni ordination in Taiwan in 1986. She was resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle and was co-organizer of "Life as a Western Buddhist Nun," an educational program in Bodhgaya in 1996. Active in interfaith dialogue and prison work, she is also a celebrated author and teacher.
 
ROBERT A.F. THURMAN
is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important texts from the Tibetan scriptural canon. Author of numerous books on Tibet, Buddhism, art, politics and culture, Thurman holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has studied extensively in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India and the United States.
 
JEFFREY HOPKINS
is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language for thirty-two years and founded a graduate program in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies. After training for five years at the Lamaist Buddhist Monastery of America (now the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center), he received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin. He served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s chief interpreter into English on international lecture tours for ten years and has traveled widely throughout India and Tibet. Hopkins has published thirty-nine books in a total of twenty-two languages and has translated and edited thirteen books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Photo by- Christof Spitz
 
VENERABLE DOBOOM TULKU RIMPOCHE
is Director of Tibet House, cultural center of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, and Director of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, an organization aimed at promoting universal harmony and well-being. Recognized at age three as the incarnation of the previous Doboom Tulku, at age twelve he entered Drepung Monastery, where he studied Buddhist philosophy for six years, until 1959. Rimpoche completed his monastic education in Buxa, India and at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, receiving the Geshe-Acharya degree in 1972. He served as Librarian at Tibet House and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala and in 1977 became Secretary of the Private Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, accompanying His Holiness on international tours.
 
TICKETING INFORMATION

Single-day Ticket Holders:
Those who currently hold a single-day ticket for the July 10th session can refund it and purchase a new ticket for the July 11th session when His Holiness will begin teaching, or any other day of teaching except Sunday, July 13th, or simply keep the refund.

Single-day Ticket holders should note:
• New tickets purchased will not be guaranteed the same seat number or the same view of the stage.
• Ticket holders will get the best seat available at the time of purchase.
• If you purchased your ticket with cash, you are required to return to the original place of purchase to refund the ticket.
• If you choose to refund your ticket, you must do so through your original point of purchase.
Please be aware that Ticketmaster has set a refund deadline. NO refund requests will be honored after 6 PM on Friday, June 20th.

6-day Block Ticket Holders:
We strongly encourage you to retain your block ticket and attend the entire teaching. The remarkable lineup of teachers who will present on July 10th will give you key background knowledge of Tsong-kha-pa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment: The Lamrim Chenmo.

However, should you wish, you may obtain a refund for the block of tickets you purchased; no partial refunds will be given. Please note that if you wish to obtain a refund, you are required to do so through your original point of purchase. If you purchased your tickets with cash, you are also required to return to your original point of purchase to refund your ticket.
Please be aware that Ticketmaster has set a refund deadline. NO refund requests will be honored after 6 PM on Friday, June 20th.

New Ticket Purchases:
Tickets are $45-$60 per day, with each single-day ticket covering the morning and afternoon sessions. Seating capacity for the Sunday, July 13th morning session has been filled and tickets are no longer available. Tickets can be ordered from TicketMaster online at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1163004, by phone at (215) 336-2000, (570) 693-4100 or (610) 233-0006, and in person at any TicketMaster outlet and at the Stabler Arena box office. Varying service charges will be added to the ticket price at all ticket outlets, including Stabler Arena Box Office.

For any further questions regarding the July 10th program change, please e-mail July10@dalailamaJuly2008.com, or call 888-815-3987.

For a press release regarding the July 10th program change, please see our “Latest News” page.
 
This page contains important and up-to-date information regarding His Holiness’ schedule change, the July 10th Program change, biographies of our guest speakers, and important ticketing information. TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR JULY 10TH.