A voice raised for peace

Los Angeles Times - - MIND & BODY - BY MARY MACVEAN mary.macvean@la­times.com Twit­ter: @mmacvean

k.d. lang has been a prac­tic­ing Bud­dhist for 15 years, and it was renowned teacher Pema Chö­drön who helped in­spire her. As a re­sult, lang says she is “be­yond ex­cited” to share the stage at Royce Hall with Chö­drön for an evening of mu­sic and con­ver­sa­tion.

The June 20 event will ben­e­fit the Pema Chö­drön Foun­da­tion and Tools for Peace, a Pasadena-based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that lang helped found in 2000 to give young peo­ple tools to deal peace­fully with con­flict us­ing med­i­ta­tion.

Chö­drön, a Bud­dhist nun and au­thor of books in­clud­ing “When Things Fall Apart,” “is an amaz­ing trans­la­tor of the dharma to the West­ern mind,” lang said in an in­ter­view. “She re­ally makes it clear and ac­ces­si­ble. She’s a bridge for West­ern to Eastern phi­los­o­phy.”

The evening is pre­sented by pub­lisher Sounds True, based in Boul­der, Colo., and its founder, Tami Simon, will mod­er­ate the pro­gram: first a talk by Chö­drön, then a con­ver­sa­tion about mind­ful­ness and art with Chö­drön and lang, fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by lang, a Grammy-win­ning singer.

In­ter­est in med­i­ta­tion in gen­eral has boomed in re­cent years, said Jamie Price, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Tools for Peace. She cred­its so­cial me­dia, com­pelling sci­en­tific ev­i­dence of its use­ful­ness and a crit­i­cal mass of ef­fort by its pro­mot­ers. “There have been a lot of peo­ple in­vest­ing a great deal of time and en­ergy into this, and that work is fi­nally com­ing to fruition,” she said.

Wal­ter McBride Getty Images

SINGER k.d. lang and her

pi­anist will per­form af­ter a pro­gram with Pema


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