Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Hello Dalai!

The Dalai Lama -- Nobel Peace Prize winner, Buddhist leader and (let's just say it) cultural rock star -- will be in Colorado in September to take part in a peace rally and bless what is reputed to be the largest Buddhist monument in the United States.

The Dalai Lama, who leads the Tibetan strain of Buddhism, is one of 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners expected to take part in the Sept. 15-17 PeaceJam 10th Anniversary Youth Conference in Denver. The goal, according to a PeaceJam press release, is to coach a "new generation of peacemakers who transform their local communities, themselves and the world." The event is open to teens age 14-19.

On Sept. 17, the Dalai Lama will travel west to Red Feather, where he'll lead a two-hour blessing event over the 108-foot-high Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. The stupa, which was consecrated in 2001, is part of the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Buddhist retreat. The event is sold out.


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