Mobilize Societal Leaders and Media Industry to Fight AIDS in India
Gates Foundation Supported Project includes Partnership
with Kaiser Family Foundation and Star India to initiate
Public Education Campaign
Hearing before the COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, UNITED STATES SENATE
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
419 Dirksen Senate Office Building
The Gere Foundation - President and Chairman of the Board
International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
Richard Gere published his first collection of black and white photographs, aptly titled, PILGRIM, in October of 1997. As always, everything about the presentation was meticulous, highlighted through each intricate detail, to the appreciation of attendees. The site for the San Francisco exhibit, Ansel Adams Gallery (in the newly cultivated south of Market artist Mecca) adapted well to expanded, impromptu public interest. Although under construction (eternally it seems) the area draws a full spectrum of dedicated pure art love, as a rule, and this show was of particular interest to The City as a unit of collective awareness. Heavy foot traffic, acclamation by word of mouth and notable reviews sent out the message on the street, proclaiming "Pilgrim" the best show in town. People were being "advised" to go see it. In addition to the power of the photographs, impeccably displayed and lighted, the added impression of significance was infused into the event by Mr. Gere personally. His presence at both the opening and book signing went a long way toward making the introduction to his collected treasures impossible to resist.
The Pilgrim Exhibition is composed with 64 photographs of Tibet, its people, its community in exile and of the surrounding Himalayan region.
above left: HH The Dalai Lama On Campus (1997) Read star chart analysis for radix HH The Dalai Lama
The promotion on PILGRIM reads:Actor Richard Gere has for many years found his spiritual source and guidance in Tibetan Buddhism; he has been a champion of the effort to preserve the Tibetans’ culture and one of their most outspoken defenders. A student and friend of the Dalai Lama, he has made numerous journeys throughout India, Nepal, Zanskar, and Tibet. It is a little-known fact that he is also an accomplished photographer who has worked extensively within these regions. PILGRM is his first book of photographs - a collection of images that represent a physical and spiritual journey. A foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a poem by Patti Smith, and an essay by Gere himself accompany the portfolio. Reproduced on luxurious, uncoated stock in an oversized format, PILGRIM is Gere’s personal vision of this ancient and spiritually vital world.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Richard Gere has starred in many films, including, most recently, ‘Primal Fear,’ and will star in two films due out this fall. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has lived in exile since 1959, when the Chinese government began its brutal campaign to suppress Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism. Singer and poet Patti Smith’s latest album is Resurrection.
Notation: ALL OF THE AUTHOR’S PROFITS FROM THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO TIBETAN CHARITIES THROUGH THE GERE FOUNDATION TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF TIBET.
For more information please call Holly Wilkinson at (212)522-8070 (FAX: 212-467-4348.)
One of my favorite photographs from the collection is Milarepa’s Cave.
Richard Gere writes: "The story of Milarepa and his teacher, Marpa, is one of the most profound spiritual relationships in world literature. As told to me, after Milarepa had received extensive teachings from his beloved teacher, he went off to practice what he had been taught. He took two stones into this cave; one stone was black and one was white. He sat and began to watch his mind. As a negative thought arose, he would put a black mark with the black stone on the ceiling of the cave. When a positive thought arose, he would take the white stone and put a white mark on the roof of the cave. After many days he looked at the top of the cave and it was entirely black. Undeterred, he renewed his meditations on the nature of his mind, purifying it. Many years later, he looked at the roof of the cave and it was entirely white. He had achieved what he was seeking."
-Richard Gere ~ Milarepa’s Cave, Tibet 1993
Gere Foundation India Trust & Parmeshwar Godrej focus their work around health-related projects in India including the funding of Naz Foundation Delhi's AIDS Care Home, a long-term care facility for women and orphaned children infected with HIV.
Trump IX The Hermit - Guideline
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Honored: the Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony
To the ocean of protectors endowed with eyes of transcendent wisdom – thank you for the honor of the Congressional Gold Medal Award, given to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Tenzin Gyatso bestowed in the United States on October 17, 2007
BBC recommends: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Links to information about the Dalai Lama and speeches he has made at various events and occasions
BBC recommends: The Dalai Lama of Tibet
Concentrating on the Dalai Lama's dual roles of statesman and spiritual leader, this beautifully
illustrated site includes His Holiness' writings http://www.dalailama.com
Virgo and Sagittarius are zodiacal signs known for energetic publications on the topic of human rights and the struggle for freedom around the world.
Gere assisted in the publication of Ani Pachen's autobiography, SORROW MOUNTAIN: THE JOURNEY OF A TIBETAN WARRIOR NUN, also penning the introduction to her book.
The following letter from Senator Barbara Boxer is helpful when we in the Golden State try to understand the complex problem that now intrudes on the natural serenity of Tibet.
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 3:18 PM
Subject: Responding to your message
Thank you for contacting me regarding the current situation in Tibet . I appreciate the opportunity to respond to your views.
On March 10, 2008, Tibetan Buddhist monks and other ethnic Tibetans began peaceful demonstrations in Lhasa , the capital of Tibet , to protest Chinese religious restrictions and governance. These demonstrations subsequently escalated and spread to other parts of Tibet , resulting in rioting against Chinese businesses and violence as protestors clashed with the Chinese security forces that moved in to suppress the demonstrations. The confrontations reportedly left scores of both Tibetans and Han Chinese wounded or dead.
As Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, I held a hearing on April 23, 2008, to examine the ongoing crisis in Tibet and explore options for achieving a meaningful and lasting peace in the region. As I said at the hearing, any solution to this conflict must respect the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people. Toward this end, the Chinese government must engage in meaningful dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet .
Prior to the hearing, I led a bipartisan group of 27 Senators in writing to Chinese President Hu Jintao, urging him to bring about a timely, peaceful resolution to the current crisis in Tibet . In our letter, we encouraged the Chinese government to increase transparency by removing restrictions on the media and communications, to release those detained for peaceful protest, and to meet directly with the Dalai Lama to negotiate a solution the Tibet issue.
I also recently joined Senators Joseph Biden, Olympia Snowe, and John Kerry in writing to President Bush, calling for the administration to take specific actions to help resolve the crisis in Tibet . In our letter, we asked President Bush to visit Tibet during his trip to China for the Olympic Games, establish a U.S. consulate in Lhasa , and work with the Chinese government to expand access to the region for international humanitarian officials and journalists.
As you may know, I also supported S.Res.504, a resolution condemning the violence in Tibet and calling for restraint by the Government of the People's Republic of China and the people of Tibet. On April 9, 2008, S.Res.504 passed in the Senate by unanimous consent.
Again, thank you for writing to me about this critical issue. Please be assured that as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will continue to closely monitor and work toward a peaceful solution to the situation in Tibet.
United States Senator
Please visit my website at http://boxer.senate.gov
Trump XXI Success, aka The World and New Jerusalem
~ Kundalini moves through the crown, surrounded by the four Kerubs. Taurus, The Bull, Leo The Lion, Scorpio as Eagle/Phoenix, Aquarius, Man-evangelist, surrounding a great wall, Temple, New Jerusalem. The reborn, awakened individual in the center of the card respects and disciplines life force power, symbolized by the Kundalini energy. Structural plans attributed to Saturn as the Engineer-architect. This archetype is the basis for our legal system in its ideal state. Generally, the symbols herein refer to inner occult secrets about The Chemical Marriage and the sword of the hero. A higher awareness of veils, visions, and the voice in dreams [Jupiter] will always help to provide guidance. J. R. R. Tolkien also extended the meaning to include opposite of this process - the nine reflex emanations he named "ringwraiths."
When Divine Law and mortal law are in tandem we have an ordered universe. [see Bee Season, Brooklyn's Finest, First Knight]
When Divine Law and mortal law are not in harmony with each other the system breaks and we are faced with anti-life themes that support chaos. [see The Hunting Party, Primal Fear, and Red Corner].
Richard Gere was born with his Sun in Virgo conjunct Saturn [the architect, builder, and engineer]
Moon in Sagittarius
Virgo planet ruler: Mercury [Roman] and Hermes [Greek], Vedic 'Sarameya,' derived from 'Sarama,' God of the storm or of the Dawn; also, the verb, 'to protect'
Mercury and Hermes are known as the Analytical factor and represent the intellectual style of composition, packaging, and delivery as the most recognizable communication signature of the native. A reporter, performer, and salesperson will often greet an audience and sign off with a “signature line.” For example, both Edward R. Murrow and Keith Olbermann have used the line, “Good Night and Good Luck.” Some others are: “And That’s The Way It Is,” “Good Night, Mrs. Calabash, Wherever You Are,” or a pivotal line in mid-stream such as, “And Now, For The Rest of The Story!”
The waking conscious mind, or “computer mind” is usually attributed to Mercury as the “Messenger of the Gods” ['Diactotos'] – known for both the message and the delivery style. Generally, Mercury shines on central ideas and interests, and curiosity that leads to learning, networking, and hobbies. Mercury reveals the capacity for tracking down leads, reason, analysis, comedy, distribution, self-expression, discrimination, judgment, and an ever active label factory. Another name for Mercury is "The God of Commerce" so the influence is central to professions that involve trade, language skill, and exchange with foreign companies.
Mercury narrates, talks, argues, debates, writes, analyzes, memorizes, reports, studies, learns, travels, interprets, sells, distributes, listens, reflects, mediates, expresses with hands. His fame as a ‘silver tongue’ devil is well established, with a rapier wit, but his weakness for gambling may be his undoing.
Mercury dominates many Richard Gere films that include his communication skill from Bee Season, through The Hunting Party and The Mothman Prophecies, to name a few.
Dr. T and the Women links the central theme with Mercury, The Healer.
some other well known people born under Sun in Virgo with Moon in Sagittarius
Arthur Godfrey with Mercury conjunct Venus
Macey Gray with Mercury trine Saturn
Chrissie Hynde with Mercury conjunct Regulus, the Royal Star, and conjunct Venus
Stephen King with Sun sextile Mars and Sun sextile Jupiter
Donald O'Connor with Mercury conjunct Regulus, Sol conjunct Mars
Arnold Palmer with Mercury conjunct Mars
Mickey Rourke with exact trine between Jupiter and Saturn
Charlie Sheen with Sun sextile Mars, and Mercury and Jupiter sextile
Mary Shelley with Sun sextile Saturn
Adam West with Mercury conjunct Venus
Hank Williams with Sun conjunct Venus, and Mercury conjunct Saturn
razzle dazzle 'em!
Richard Gere's versatile performance in "CHICAGO" treats the audience to a memorable musical collaboration. Gere garnered the Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for best actor. Comfortable alone (Leo Midheaven, Sun-Saturn conjunction) or with an ensemble cast as in this hit musical (Libra stellium in eleventh house of group effort) Gere exudes rock solid, captivating charm. The soft shoe should not be confused with soft shoe shufflers.
Reneé Zellweger says wait until you see Gere go. She says, "He's going to surprise people and it is beautiful." Catherine Zeta-Jones and Reneé Zellweger co-star in the sizzling movie adaptation of stage hit, "Chicago."
Cranky Critic Chuck Schwartz wrote a very short list of favourite musicals that includes Chicago: The actual story beyond the story is true: In the glory days of the Roaring Twenties, a murder by a woman named Roxie Hart generated tabloid headlines in Chicago. A hit play was staged in 1926, written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. A silent film followed in 1927 plus a talkie starring Ginger Rogers in 1942. Kander, Ebb and Fosse went to Broadway in 1975 with Fosse's wife Gwen Verdon, and Chita Rivera in title roles. Both Fosse and Verdon have passed, but Rivera makes a cameo early on in this film.
Chicago Matthew Turner reviews 'Best Musical Since Cabaret'
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