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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 17, 2010

Tenzin Gyatso Institute to open to public

By Saranac Hale Spencer

BERNE — The Tenzin Gyatso Institute is opening itself to the public this weekend.  The cost to attend is $200.

It will be the “inaugural public event” for the Buddhist center in Berne, said executive director David Rand.  There are “special speakers and festivities lined up,” he said, which include spiritual leaders Sogyal Rinpoche, Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, and Daniel Goleman.

The institute, named for the Dalai Lama, is expecting 400 people to come this weekend, Rand said, estimating that about 40 percent of them will be from the northeast corridor and many will come from the west coast.

All the speakers are volunteers, he said, but the center looked at pricing for other events and at what “seemed to be a very fair price.”

On display will be the longest scroll of Tibetan calligraphy in the world, Rand said.  It is 534 feet of prayers for the long life of the Dalai Lama, he said, adding that this will be its first public display.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., the institute will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a trail and kiosk, described by Rand as “really unique to this area.”


The Tenzin Gyatso Institute is at 165 Game Farm Road, off of Switzkill Road, in the town of Berne.

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