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"I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. It is the foundation for world peace."

Richard Gere to Emcee Public Talk with Dalai Lama in Ottawa

April 19, 2012

Ottawa the Only Canadian Stop on Worldwide “Ethics for a Whole World” Speaking Tour

Ottawa, April 17, 2012 – The Canada Tibet Committee announced today that Hollywood actor and practicing Buddhist Richard Gere will be in Ottawa to attend the Dalai Lama’s “Ethics for a Whole World” public talk on April 28, 2012. As a long-time supporter of the Dalai Lama, Gere will introduce His Holiness for at a public talk organized by the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) being held at the Ottawa Civic Center.

Human rights, ethics, resource and opportunity equality are the most important issues we face today,” Gere said. “His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s consistent message of universal responsibility is key to our being able to survive global challenges and achieve a new vision of genuine peace and prosperity. This discussion couldn’t take place in China or, Chinese-controlled Tibet. I sincerely hope the Canadian people will continue their steadfast support for our Tibetan brothers and sisters, and take advantage of this very special opportunity to spend two hours with the Dalai Lama.”

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Ottawa is the only Canadian stop on the North American leg of his worldwide speaking tour. In both 2004 and 2007, the Dalai Lama spoke to two sold-out Ottawa Civic Centre crowds. This year’s event will examine how religion is not a necessity for pursuing a spiritual life and how “Ethics for a Whole World” proposes a system of secular ethics grounded in a deep appreciation of our common humanity.

As an organization committed to the principle of non-violence and the spirit of volunteerism, it’s an honor to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Ottawa. The CTC works to build support for Tibet at the community level and we applaud the Government of Canada and Richard Gere’s efforts to bring these issues to the national and international stage,” said Nima Dorjee, Canada Tibet Committee.

Richard Gere is an internationally renowned actor, social activist and philanthropist. Since the 1980’s, Gere has been an advocate for the Tibetan people and the preservation of Tibetan culture. He was the co-founding Chairman of Tibet House US in 1987 and in 1992, he joined the Board of Directors at the International Campaign for Tibet where he has served as Board Chairman since 1995.

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