I'm sorry you missed him in New York! I was very sad that I missed him recently in Santa Cruz (hours north of me) and suddenly, here he is in LA! I'm a bit out of my mind with excitement. I'm taking my young, troubled teenaged niece who for some reason has a sudden interest in Buddhism. I know, it's rather out-of-the-ordinary that he's giving this minor initiations! I feel so fortunate and almost astonished that I have the opportunity. I'm posting his September schedule from the HHDL website. Of course I already sent in for tickets. I'm not going to feel assured until the tickets are in my hands though!
Even though Long Beach is in my area, my niece and I are going to make a real event of it and her dad is springing for a hotel room for us. So we'll be away for two days and not have to travel at all. Her dad is and grandmother are really encouraging this! I hope she enjoys it. Her grandmother, who is very aware of who HHDL is remembers the invasion in 1959 keeps emphasizing to my niece that this is a rare opportunity. It's interesting though, that they're so supportive of her going because they're Catholic.
Another thing that has me sort of baffled is that it's at a Dharma Center. It's not at a big giant public place. That makes me think it's going to be more up close and personal. Wowwww...
--Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India on September 15 to 17: His Holiness will give a three-day general Buddhist teaching (no specific text) at the request of Korean Buddhists at the Main Tibetan Temple.
--Teaching in Los Angeles, CA, USA on September 25 & 26: His Holiness will give teachings on The Four Noble Truths and confer the Amitabha Permission Initiation (opakmei jenang) and Medicine Buddha Initiation organized by Geden Shoeling Tibetan Manjushri Center of Westminster, CA. Contact Website: http://www.gedenshoeling.comli.com
--Peace Summit in Vancouver, BC, Canada from September 27 & 29: His Holiness will participate in the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue organized by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education. Contact Website: http://www.dalailamacenter.org