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Launch of “JLF Brave New World”- Online Literature Series

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Speak on Finding Love & Peace

Teamwork Arts, the producer of Jaipur Literature Festival, launched “JLF Brave New World”, an online literature series to celebrate books, their power and positivity at a time when a global pandemic locked the world down into deglobalised compartments. Recently JLF Brave New World completed 50 milestone episodes.

Next week, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in conversation with eminent author Pico Iyer. The session will showcase lessons from the life and teachings of the 14th Dalai Lama, where he will share his profound wisdom with JLF Brave New World viewers. Sharing his thoughts with Pico Iyer, His Holiness will speak of finding love and peace in our confused, divided and chaotic world, and of the universal value of compassion in these troubled times.

The session with His Holiness, titled “The Seed of Compassion”, will be live streamed on Wednesday, 17th June, 2020 at 9:00am IST and a repeat telecast will happen at 7:30pm IST the same evening. Access the session on the Festival’s official social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. All previous sessions, session details and speaker details of JLF Brave New World are available on the official website.

 It has been more than two months since the launch of this weekly tranche of fascinating conversations between some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers and the response from literary enthusiasts and book- lovers has been heartwarming. The series has hosted sessions crackling with ideas, wit and intellect, with speakers like Abhijit V. Banerjee, Asma Khan, Benjamin Moser, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ira Mukhoty, Jhumpa Lahiri, Manu S. Pillai, Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk, Peter Frankopan, Peter Carey, Peter Morgan, Ruskin Bond, Rupi Kaur, Shubha Mudgal, Shashi Tharoor, Siddhartha Mukherjee, to name a few.

 Looking forward to the session, Pico Iyer said, “I first visited His Holiness at his home in Dharamsala 46 years ago this summer, when I was 17, and throughout my younger years I went to see him on all his early trips to the US while also making the first of my visits to Tibet. In 2008, I described the first 34 years of our talks together in a book, The Open Road, and for ten Novembers in recent years, I have traveled with His Holiness across Japan, from Okinawa to the tsnami-stricken areas around Tohoku, sitting in on his private audiences, attending all his public lectures and getting to witness his constant instruction on compassion, attention and thoughtfulness everywhere from roadside convenience-stores to busy hotel lobbies. My articles on His Holiness have featured, for more than thirty years, in Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post and Buddhist magazines around the world. Among the events I have done with him, everywhere from New York to Los Angeles, I was also at the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2013 when His Holiness visited the Festival.”

 During these hard times it will be enlightening for audiences to listen to His Holiness and share his infinite wisdom. His Holiness has very rightfully said, “Ancient Indian tradition describes the creation, abiding and destruction of worlds over time. Among the causes of such destruction are armed conflict and disease, which seem to accord with what we are experiencing today. However, despite the enormous challenges we face, living beings, including humans, have shown a remarkable ability to survive.” His Holiness visited the Jaipur Literature Festival back in 2013 where he spoke about the essence of knowledge and how he still considers himself a student of the Nalanda Tradition.

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