First-Ever Dalai Lama Library & Learning Center To Be Built In Ithaca, NY



Supported by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, a Public Fundraising Campaign is Underway to Develop a Hub of Compassionate and Humane Education on the Grounds of Namgyal Monastery, the Dalai Lama's North American Seat

Press Release

The Dalai Lama is inspiring a movement toward compassion and unity in the U.S., and it will begin in Ithaca, New York.

In a statement made on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 86th birthday, Namgyal Monastery – the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery and North American seat – announced plans to build a Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center on its grounds in Ithaca, New York. The statement detailed the launch of a $5 million public fundraising campaign to support the project, which represents the first phase of a planned development to include the building of a Dalai Lama Museum on the site at a later date. Both projects will be the only facilities of their kind anywhere in the world.

“We are seeking the support of donors for a project of great benefit to all of humanity, the building of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s Library and Learning Center,” said Tenzin Choesang, President of Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca. “Our vision – one that is supported and shared by the Dalai Lama – is to encourage genuine human interconnection and unity in an increasingly divided world. The Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will do this by creating a transformational hub of compassionate and humane education that is open to everyone, both in-person and online.”

The Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center will span 9,240 square feet and will serve as a repository for all the works of the current and previous Dalai Lamas, and a place for study and exploration for the public, including students, scholars, spiritual, civic and business leaders, and practitioners of all faiths. The Learning Center will be a physical space as well as a virtual destination (via its robust website) for people across North America and the world, offering free and low-cost programming such as classes, talks, seminars, meditation and more.

All donations are tax exempt, as the Dalai Lama Library and Learning Center is assumed under Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, a 501(c)(3). Donations can be made by check, credit card online, wire transfer, donation of equities, or planned giving. To learn more about this project – including the special gifts donors receive for their contributions – visit To discuss a donation or for any questions, email [email protected] Follow the campaign and project on social media @dalailamalearningcenter.

A fundraising campaign for the second phase of the project – the development of the Dalai Lama Museum, which will require $10 million to develop – will commence when fundraising for Phase One is complete. Inquiries regarding the Dalai Lama Museum should be directed to [email protected]

SOURCE Kitchen Table PR