Enter The Conversation
Sunday, May 23
Doors open 2:00
Everyone must be seated by 2:30
Kinship And Its Meaning In Our World Today
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Eboo Patel and Sakena Yacoobi
The Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, will moderate.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, His Holiness’ translator, will facilitate.
Paul Winter on Saxophone
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His Holiness was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007.
Eboo Patel, named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, is the founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based institution building the global interfaith youth movement. He has served on President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.
Sakena Yacoobi, Founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an organization that was established to provide teacher training to Afghan women, to support education for boys and girls, and to provide health education to women and children. Dr. Yakoobi and her work have received international recognition and many awards including the Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights in 2004; the National Endowment for Democracy award in 2005 and most recently the Henry R. Kravis Prize for Leadership in 2009.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa has served as the principal translator for the Dalai Lama for over twenty-five years. He earned the prestigious Geshe Lharampa degree from the Ganden Monastic University and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Cambridge University. Dr. Jinpa is the Founding Director of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
Paul Winter, award-winning saxophonist, bandleader, composer, explorer of the world's musical traditions and founder of Living Music and the Paul Winter Consort, has been motivated for the past thirty years by the vision of a musical-ecological community, and has followed a steady course towards his unique 'Earth Music', a vital celebration of the creatures and cultures of the whole earth.
The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski has been Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City since March of 2002, elected by its Board soon after 9/11 and just before a devastating fire struck the Cathedral a month after that election. Since his ordination in 1978, he has also served parishes in Newtown, Hartford, and Darien, Connecticut. He is an inaugural Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. He is member of the Board of Overseers for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center, a Trustee of the Episcopal Charities Diocese of New York and a Trustee of Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.
This program is being developed with assistance from The Tibet Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture and identity.
The release of His Holiness’ new book, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World's Religions Can Come Together, frames this important dialogue. The book will be released by Doubleday Religion, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc, New York on May 11, 2010
General Admission seats for the May 23rd Conversation are sold out. Tickets purchased through internet sales or other outlets may not be legitimate; and therefore may not be honored at the door. His Holiness will also be teaching at Radio City Music Hall. Information is available at http://www.dalailamany.org/