(TibetanReview.net, Nov19, 2016) – The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, is to take part in the 22nd annual Festival of Faiths which will be held in Louisville in the US state of Kentucky over Apr 19-24, reported courier-journal.com Nov 17. The report said Mayor Greg Fischer, joined by 2017 Festival chairman Owsley Brown III, made the announcement at a news conference at the George Garvin Brown Garden.
The report said the Dalai Lama will deliver talks on universal human values and non-violence at the KFC Yum! Center on Apr 23, and at a large youth event on Apr 24.
The report noted that the Tibetan leader had previously visited the place in 2013, during which he made several whirlwind appearances. It added that nearly 16,000 people had heard him discuss the importance of compassion at the Yum! Center at that time.
The report said the visit was being planned by several local organizations involved in the city’s compassion initiatives, including the mayor’s office, the Center for Interfaith Relations, the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, and the newly formed International Center for Compassionate Cities.
The report said the Festival of Faiths was a nationally acclaimed interfaith event of music, poetry, film, art and dialogue that usually featured renowned spiritual leaders, thinkers and practitioners.
During the Dalai Lama’s visit, the International Center for Compassionate Cities will be formally launched. It will serve cities that have signed the Charter for Compassion, providing them with tools to measure compassion, resources to help implement compassion-based city programming, and a space to share stories, the report said.
Mayor Fischer has been promoting a citywide campaign for compassion for several years. His efforts have included the Give a Day week of service and the Compassionate Louisville and the Compassionate Schools projects.