Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at two events on Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall, and the content of his lectures will draw on the overarching theme of “Compassion as a Global Remedy”.
The first event will be a panel discussion entitled “Compassionate Care in 21st Century Medicine” at the Paramount Theater, moderated by former Charlottesville Mayor and City Councilman Dr. David Brown. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will lead a panel of health care experts from the University of Virginia in discussing the integration of Tibetan mindfulness and compassion into Western health care. The timing is perfect. Western medicine is beginning to recognize and study the value of Eastern disciplines. This panel will explore the benefits of mindfulness and compassionate care and strategies for their effective use in Medicine and Nursing.
• George Beller, MD, Distinguished Professor of Cardiology and Internal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
• Leslie Blackhall, MD, MTS, Director, University of Virginia Medical Center Palliative Care Center, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
• Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Dean, University of Virginia School of Nursing
• Richard Guerrant, MD, Director, Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Thomas H. Hunter Professor of International Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health
• James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine
The second event will be a public speaking engagement that will focus on the Dalai Lama’s recent publication, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World” at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and will be broadcast LIVE to the Paramount Theater’s large movie screen. Charlottesville Mayor Satyendra Singh Huja will present His Holiness with a proclamation and a key to the City in recognition of his contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights and religious understanding.
The Dalai Lama is visiting Charlottesville at the invitation of the Foundation for American Heritage Voices, the Tibetan Association of charlottesville, The UMA Institute for Tibetan Studies and the City of Charlottesville. The Dalai Lama has visited Charlottesville on two previous occasions, taking part in lecture panels for the University of Virginia in 1979 and 1998; however, the outdoor public speaking event at the Pavilion will be a first for Charlottesville, a historic event that ties in well with the City’s 250th anniversary.