Heart of Tuscany, Italy gets ready to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama

June 10th 2014

Pomaia, Tuscany, Italy, 10 June 2014 (The Tibet Bureau, Geneva) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Pomaia, located in the heart of Tuscany this morning. This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 5th visit to Pomaia in Pisa district, Italy.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama being greeted by Dr. Francis Sharp, representative of the Central Government in Pisa along with Dr. Andrea Pieroni, President of the Province of Pisa, and Dr. Marco Filippeschi, Mayor of Pisa on his arrival at Pisa Airport in Pisa, Tuscany at the start of his seven-day visit to Italy on June 10, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL
During the six days (10 to 16 June) visit, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will consecrate a 5 meters tall four-armed Chenrezig Statue and give a teaching on developing love and compassion at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute on 13 June.

At Livorno city’s Modigliani Forum, His Holiness will give commentaries on the great Buddhist scholar Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend on 14 June. Nagarjuna wrote this letter as advice to his friend King Gautamiputra that gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the path and practice of Buddhism.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give the Avalokiteshvara Jigten Wangchuk empowerment on 15 June morning and a public talk on Ethics and Compassion in the afternoon.

The teachings and the public talk will be live webcast via www.dalailama.com There will be translations into Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese including Sign Language.

Lama Tzong Khapa Institute was founded in 1977. It is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist centres in Europe. The centre offers regular courses on Buddhism.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama being offered a traditional Tibetan welcome on his arrival at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) in Pomaia, Tuscany at the start of his seven-day visit to Italy on 10 June 2014. Photo Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL
The centre offers basic to 7-years Master’s programs in Tibetan Buddhist studies, attracting students from around the world. The Master program consists of four years of Sutra studies, two years of tantric studies, and one year of solitary retreat. It is offered both as a full-time residential and on-line course.

One of its unique projects is Liberation Prison Project, which offers spiritual advice and teachings to people in prisons interested in Tibetan Buddhism. This project has touched the hearts of thousands of prisoners in Italy. The teachings will be live webcasted to some 1,200 prisoners in Milan.

This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 25th visit to Italy. The first visit was in September of 1973.

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