Aftab Pureval, an Indian-Tibetan, elected mayor of Cincinnati


Nothing is permanent, therefore everything is precious. Here is a selection of some events, ephemeral or not, in the Buddhist world this week.

Aftab Pureval, an Indian-Tibetan, was elected mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio

Aftab Pureval, an Indian-Tibetan, won The Cincinnati mayoral race Tuesday, making him the first Asian American to be elected mayor of Cincinnati, and the first Tibetan-American be elected mayor of a major city in the United States. Pureval’s mother is a Tibetan refugee and her father is Indian. When the 39-year-old stepped down as a lawyer in 2015 to run as Hamilton Country County Clerk, he became the first Democrat in over 100 years to be elected to that post. In the mayoral race, he beat fellow Democrat David Mann with 66 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from Hamilton County Electoral Council. “Words cannot express how honored and excited I am to be the next mayor of Cincinnati,” Pureval said in a tweet after his victory. “Tonight we have made history! Let’s get to work! “

Upcoming livestream perks feature Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Cher and Richard Gere, among others

On Monday, November 8, actor Richard Gere will host a live benefit event called WisdomSound. Featuring prominent musicians such as Cher, Angelique Kidjo, Maggie Rogers and Norah Jones, the event will raise funds for Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Gompa Convent, two Tibetan Buddhist institutions based in Nepal. . WisdomSound will also include instruction in Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, the abbot of the monastery, and videos presenting the social work carried out in the monastery and the convent. Although the event is free, viewers are encouraged to donate. Registration information can be found here.

40th anniversary of the death of the 16th Karmapa commemorated with free teachings

From October 29 to November 6, Karmapa Center 16—An organization whose mission is to commemorate the 16th Karmapa with stupa and study center at his death site in Illinois – hosts 10-day event in honor of 16th Karmapa’s 40th birthday parinirvana. The tribute includes teachings from Dilyak Drupon Rinpoche, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and more. Video recordings of the lessons will be available until December 5. Although registration is free, donations and offerings will also be accepted. Additional information can be found here.

Microwave explosion destroys Edinburgh Dalai Lama-inspired cafe

The Himalayan coffee inspired by the Dalai Lama in Edinburgh, Scotland, was forced to shut down after a microwave explosion in the kitchen caused extensive damage. Owner Reka Gawa was out shopping for groceries when she received a call from a friend saying the building was on fire. Gawa returned to find the entire area cordoned off, and she was not allowed to enter the building until the fire department completely extinguished the blaze. She said BBC Scotland that the kitchen looked like a bomb that had gone off. “The microwave has completely exploded and nothing is left of it and my kitchen is completely destroyed,” she said. “Luckily I wasn’t inside at the time, so it’s okay, I’m just in shock.” The café will remain closed until a new kitchen is installed.

Gawa opened the Himalayan Café after a chance meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004 at the Scottish Parliament, where she worked in catering. He urged her to stay in Scotland and keep the Tibetan culture alive, which led Gawa to open the cafe in 2007 so that she could help spread Tibetan culture through food, a free meditation room and the organization of Tibetan cultural events. The future of coffee was threatened earlier this year when the owner of the building decided to sell the building, but a GoFundMe campaign helped Gawa raise enough money to buy the property.

Tibet House US to host four-part poem series in conjunction with Allen Ginsberg exhibition

Filmmaker and poet Arden Wohl hosted a four-part poem series at Tibet House US to celebrate the life of Allen Ginsberg and Transform minds, the exhibition presenting his photograph which is on view at the Maison du Tibet until December 12. The poetry series, titled Dominant mind, will begin on November 10, followed by readings on November 17, December 1 and December 8. Guests can attend events in person or online. Readers include Eileen Myles, David Rimanelli, Bob Holman, and Anne Waldman. See here for a complete list of poets and to register for events.

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