His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Lama TzongKhapa Institute in Pomaia, located in the heart of Tuscany, Tuesday morning. This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 5th visit to Pomaia in Pisa district, Italy.
During the six day (10th to 16th June) visit, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will consecrate a 5 meter tall four-armed Chenrezig Statue and give a teaching on developing love and compassion at the Lama TzongKhapa Institute on the 13th of June.
At Livorno city's Modigliani Forum, His Holiness will give commentaries on the great Buddhist scholar Nagarjuna's"Letter to a Friend" on the 14th of June. Nagarjuna wrote this letter as advice to his friend King Gautamiputrait gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the path and practice of Buddhism.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give the AvalokiteshveraJigtenWangchuk empowerment presentation on the 15th of June in the morning and a public talk on Ethics and Compassion in the afternoon.
The teachings and the public talk will be available as a live webcast via www.dalailama.com. There will be translations into Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese including Sign Language.
Lama TzongKhapa Institute was founded in 1977. It is one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist centres in Europe. The centre offers regular courses on Buddhism.
The centre offers courses from, basics to 7years 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 the 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 available as a live webcast to some 1,200 prisoners in Milan.
This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama 25th visit to Italy. The first visit was in September 1973.