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Dalai Lama to Give Special Teaching in Ann Arbor, Michigan

December 11, 2007

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday and Sunday, April
19 and 20, 2008, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit Ann Arbor
to teach "Engaging Wisdom and Compassion" at Crisler Arena on the
University of Michigan campus.

The two-day program ( with two sessions April
19, and one session April 20, is jointly sponsored by Jewel Heart
(, a Tibetan Buddhist Center headquartered here, The
Tibet Fund (, and the Garrison Institute
( Tickets to all of the two-day teaching sessions are
available from Ticketmaster ( beginning December
10, 2007, 10:00 p.m. GMT.

Also on April 20 at Crisler Arena, the Dalai Lama will present the
University of Michigan's Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability, in
celebration of Earth Day. The Wege Lecture is free and open to the
public but tickets, available at the University of Michigan Union Ticket
Office beginning March 5, 2008 are required.

The Dalai Lama is recognized worldwide for his compassion and tolerance,
his promotion of human rights and inter-religious understanding, peace
through non-violent conflict resolution and advocacy for the
environment. Winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, the Dalai Lama was
the recent recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award
Congress can give to civilians.

Gelek Rimpoche, a distinguished Tibetan teacher, founder of Jewel Heart,
and author of best seller Good Life, Good Death, says of the Dalai
Lama's visit, "We are delighted to welcome His Holiness to Jewel Heart
and Michigan. His visit will uplift us during difficult times and be
like the great fortune of a blue moon for spiritual practitioners of all
disciplines." Jewel Heart, an educational and cultural institute, has
served Ann Arbor since 1989, bringing Tibetan Buddhist traditions,
wisdom and principles into contemporary Western life.

The Tibet Fund was established in 1981 under the Dalai Lama's patronage
to help the Tibetan people rebuild their lives and preserve their
distinct cultural heritage and national identity.
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