True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility. To act altruistically, concerned only for the welfare of others, with no selfish or ulterior motives, is to affirm a sense of universal responsibility.
Albany, N.Y. (Vocus) April 23, 2009 -
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit downtown Albany to give a public talk titled "Compassionate Ethics in Difficult Times." Hosted by the World Ethical Foundations Consortium (WEFC), the event will take place at 2 p.m. on May 6 at the Palace Theatre, located at 19 Clinton Avenue.
In previous addresses, His Holiness has described compassion as a fundamental human quality:
"True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility. To act altruistically, concerned only for the welfare of others, with no selfish or ulterior motives, is to affirm a sense of universal responsibility."
Developing ethical principles based on compassion is a concept that the WEFC and organizers hope will encourage audience members to work together to expand humanitarian efforts both in the Albany community and throughout the world.
His Holiness, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is recognized worldwide for his promotion of human rights. In 2007, the U.S. Congress gave him the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can give to civilians.
Tickets for the event are available beginning Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. in person at the Palace Theatre Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000, or through http://www.ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $85 to $55. The doors will open at 12 p.m., two hours prior to the start of the event to permit a required security screening.
The Palace Theatre does not permit cameras or videotaping. Additional details regarding the event or any restrictions are available on the Palace Theatre's website, http://www.palacealbany.com, or by calling the Box Office at 518-465-4663.
The WEFC has arranged for a simulcast of the address at The Egg at Empire State Plaza in Albany. Doors open at 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. event. General admission tickets for this location are $18 and available beginning Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at The Egg Box Office. For more information, please call The Egg Box Office at 518-473-1845 or visit http://www.theegg.org.
Proceeds from the event will be distributed at the direction of His Holiness.
About The World Ethical Foundations Consortium
The World Ethical Foundations Consortium (WEFC) is an initiative of the Ethical Humanitarian Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the understanding and application of compassionate ethics. Founded by Clare and Sara Bronfman, and based on the concepts of Keith Raniere, its mission is to support projects and events designed to help define and develop basic human values and ethics. Members focus on global issues and conflicts, exploring methods for solving crises with compassion and understanding.
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