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4/2/09 EVENT


FUND + AWARENESS RAISER IN BROOKLYN


HAVLOVI, FROM PRAGUE, ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE CELLISTS THAT PLAY AS ONE ENTITY AND THE ROUSING JAPA KIRTAN BAND RETURNS.

$20 SUGGESTED DONATION (%100 OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO ARCHITECTURE FOR TIBET'S ACADEMIC CENTER PROJECT FOR THE MANJUSHREE ORPHANAGE).


AFT IS A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO CREATING SOUND ENVIRONMENTS FOR TIBETAN CHILDREN TO LEARN IN SO THEY CAN GO OUT INTO THE WORLD WITH REAL HOPE OF TIBET'S CULTURAL CONTINUATION.


SUNDAY MAY 2ND 5-7:30 PM

LUCKY LOTUS YOGA 184 DEKALB AVENUE (AT CARLTON). 718 522-7119


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12/15/08 NEWS


Architecture for Tibet in Tibet House Drum


The story of our mission to provide the children of Arunachal Pradesh in NE India with a sensitively planned education facility has been kindly covered in the current issue of the Tibet House’s Drum newsletter.


Please click to read.  

Architecture_for_Tibet.html

11/6/08 NEWS


Official Endorsements


Official endorsements are posted here to illustrate our growing network of support for our organization + project.

They include:

The Office of Tibet

The Office of his Holiness the Dali Lama

Karuna-Shechen


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6/7/09 EVENT


FUND + AWARENESS RAISER IN OSAKA, JAPAN


We look forward to seeing you in Osaka to share ideas about the Manjushree Orphanage and our Academc Center Project.


EVENT DETAILS:


WHEN: Sunday, June7th


WHERE: - see flyer for directions.


WHAT: Home gathering, with food and drink, followed by a short screening and Q and A with AFT founder John Ullman.


TIME: 3 to 6pm


Space is Limited to 60 persons -- Please RSVP

tenzinurquhart@mac.com

9/26/09 EVENT


Architecture for Tibet Fundraiser Benefitting the Children of Manjushree Orphanage


 

We look forward to seeing you at Golden Bridge Yoga, in SoHo, to enjoy Tibetan food and to share ideas about Architecture for Tibet's current project: An Academic Center for the children of Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India. Envisioned as both a school and activity center, the building will house classrooms, a library, a computer and language lab, and a multipurpose room, and will be equipped with a geothermal system for radiant heating, creating a warm environment during the long, harsh winters experienced in this remote Himalayan locale. This will enable the children to be comfortable, healthy, and active within their learning environment throughout all the seasons.


EVENT DETAILS:

 

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 6 to 8 p.m.


WHERE: Golden Bridge Yoga NYC 

253 Centre Street (between Broome St and Grand St.)


WHAT: Reception with food and drink (non alcoholic), silent auction, special guest Vienna Teng will perform, and a short screening, followed by a Q and A with AFT founder John Ullman. 


Vienna Teng Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Teng


 "This isn’t music for passive listening … For those seeking meaning in music, this performance should not be missed." 


$25 at door / MUST RSVP TO info@architecturefortibet.org


This benefit is sponsored with the generous support of

Allen Architectural Metals 

8/3/09 NEWS


A.F.T PUBLISHED IN ARCHITECTURAL RECORD


I am happy and humbled at the first signs of "mainstream" press coverage in support of the Manjushree Free School and Orphanage Project. Please have a look at this Architectural Record article, and do share your thoughts via the comment feature ... "New Nonprofit Group Offers Architectural Aid to Tibet" 

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No one ever owes all to his own individual will. I would also like to thank all those who have contributed to enriching the proposed Academic Center with their talents, assistance and encouragement: fellow architects and engineers, as well as friends who have honored me by taking an active interest in my work: 

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Consultants:

Alex Roden / Electrical 

Stan Slutsky / Plumbing and Mechanical Systems 

Brent Porter / Sun Analysis

Evan Akselrad / Architecture and Structural Engineering

Chandra Shekar. A / of Solar India Solutions / Geothermal and Radiant Heating Systems

Christopher Maurer / Architectural Design

Sean Tracy / On-line Technology

Sarayut Wongsaphibal (jomyut studio) / Rendering

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Volunteers:

Sophia Vincent / Event planning

Mikaela Chase / Event planning

Allie Rosvold / Event planning

Mika Ichihara / Donor relations

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Local Team:

Geshe Thupten Chonjor / Project supervisor

Mr Lobsang Yeshi / Project Structural Engineer

Mr Dawa Tserirg / Project Architect

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And, of course, Lama Thupten Phuntsok (Manjushree founder and director) and the teachers and kind care-givers at the orphanage for their great efforts for the sake of these needy children.

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READ ARTICLE HERE:

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/090803tibet.asp

10/12/09 EVENT


ARCHITECTURE FOR TIBET'S BENEFIT FOR THE CHILDREN OF MANJUSHREE ORPHANAGE AND FREE SCHOOL


 

We look forward to seeing you at Pravda, an ultra-stylish restaurant and bar in SoHo , to enjoy cocktails and tasty Tibetan dumplings -- and to share ideas about Architecture for Tibet's current project, an Academic Center for the children of Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India.


Envisioned as both a school and activity center, the building will house classrooms, a library, a computer and language lab, and a multipurpose room. It will be equipped with a geothermal system for radiant heating, creating a warm environment during the long, harsh winters experienced in this remote Himalayan locale. This will enable the children to be comfortable, healthy, and active within their learning environment throughout all seasons.

 

An optimal learning environment will foster academic success and enable these disadvantaged children to flourish.

EVENT DETAILS:

 

WHEN: Monday, October 12, 6pm to 8pm


WHERE: Pravda, 281 Lafayette Street

(between Houston and Prince Streets)


WHAT: Cocktail Reception (open bar)

and presentation of AFT's Manjushree Project


Host Committee:
John Ullman, AFT Founder

Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer
John Lobell, Architecture Critic

Special Guests to Date:
Nena and Robert Thurman, Buddhist Scholar
Nina and Daniel Libeskind, Architect

Architecture for Tibet is a tax-exempt non-profit.


100 percent of net proceeds will go to

AFT's Academic Center project at Manjushree

 

To donate in advance via our on-line credit card feature, please visit www.architecturefortibet.org/payments.php

 

  

Space is very limited -- RSVP to RSVP@architecturefortibet.org
For information please contact John Ullman at 347.302.3112 or at
johnullman@architecturefortibet.org


Stay tuned via
www.architecturefortibet.org for benefit updates

 

This benefit is partially sponsored by Allen Architectural Metals (www.allenmetals.com)


Dress: Informal

10/12/09 PRESS RELEASE


ARCHITECTURE FOR TIBET HOSTS FIRST MAJOR BENEFIT
Robert Thurman speaks at fundraiser for

Manjushree Orphanage project

 

On October 12, New York City-based non-profit Architecture for Tibet hosted its first significant fundraiser, a cocktail reception to generate financial backing and raise awareness about its plans to aid the children of Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang , India . Noted guests at the event, held at Pravda in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood, included noted Buddhist scholar (and co-founder of Tibet House) Robert Thurman and Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, Tibet House board member Director of GAIA Holistic Circle. Visionary architect Daniel Libeskind, an AFT supporter, was unable to attend but sent a along a statement of support. The event was made possible with the generous support of Allen Architectural Metals.


Dr. Thurman spoke at the benefit about His Holiness the 6th Dalai Lama, who was from Tawang, and was known as the playboy Dalai Lama, as he could not resist staying out all night drinking and frequenting Lhasa 's brothels, though he is still revered as the incarnation of the Buddha of Compassion, Avalokiteśvara. AFT's founder, architectural designer John Ullman, had a great discussion with the attendees about AFT's project and mission to provide aid via architecture to the children of Manjushree, who are in dire need of new school buildings.

 

Daniel Libeskind's thoughtful statement of support: "I am very sorry not to be here tonight at this impromptu benefit. I had an unfortunate encounter with an oral surgeon this morning -- he emerged victorious and I emerged unable to speak. Nevertheless, I've asked John Ullman to read this short text in support of the children of Manjushree Orphanage and Free School . This is a part of the world which has been in the news a great deal, as of late, with conflicts of politics. What gets lost is a small girl carrying books which probably weigh more than she does, going to school which has virtually no educational amenities. Education, after all, is the one and only key to leave the room of poverty behind. That is why architecture -- and the building of an orphanage and a school is so important. The picture on the invitation gives a small indication of what can be built for a relatively modest budget. It provides children with a new view of life out its windows; a new horizon of ambition and a stable and safe world to grow. That is why I am here in spirit -- if not in person -- and that is why I hope you will contribute tonight."

 

Ullman was introduced to Manjushree in early 2007, when he taught basic engineering to the older students there. He was inspired to form his non-profit group to solicit funding for a new Academic Center , designed based on the wishes of Lama Thupten Phuntsok, the head of the orphanage. The children presently make due with inadequate facilities, but in partnership with the orphanage, this unique capital project can be carried out.

  

"We are please to have learned of Lama Thupten Phuntsok's great commitment to the well being and education of the needy children of this remote region," says Lobsang Nyandak,  His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative to the Americas , " and that John Ullman's assistance and guidance will bring a suitable learning environment to strengthen the institution's curriculum. By providing excellent teaching facilities, the difficulties Manjushree's teachers face will be lessened, and subsequently life for these children will clearly be greatly enhanced."

 

CONTACT:

John Ullman at 347.302.3112 or johnullman@architecturefortibet.org

4/15/10 EVENT


Light of Compassion:

A Spectacular Evening for a Noble Cause

 

Come join our Circle of Friends at the Rubin Museum of Art, a treasure of architecture in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, to celebrate the accomplishments of the Manjushree Orphanage and Free School in Tawang, India -- and to help fund a planned Academic Center. An optimal learning environment will foster academic success and enable these disadvantaged children to flourish.


WHEN:

Tuesday, May 25, 6pm to 9pm


WHERE:

Rubin Museum of Art

(150 West 17th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues)


WHAT:

A Gala Reception with open bar. Vikas Khanna's famously tasty hors d'oeuvres. A Silent Auction (starting at 6pm sharp) with unique offerings from the travel, culinary and fashion industries. A special musical performance by Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo (listen here to her song Fereshteh ). Exclusive guided tours of the Rubin Museum galleries. And a presentation of the impressive building project designed for the children of Manjushree Orphanage. An all around incredible experience in the service of a noble cause.


WHY:

Where else can you find an evening of food, drink, entertainment and enlightenment for only $45 -- all in the service of children in need? 


To date, Robert Thurman, noted Buddhist scholar; Lobsang Nyandak, representative to His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and Dr. Tatsumura Hillyer of Tibet House are scheduled to speak.


$45 TICKETS ONLINE:



Our Inspired Sponsers :

Please contact John Ullman at 347.302.3112 or email info@architecturefortibet.org for more information.


Architecture for Tibet is a tax-exempt nonprofit.


DONATIONS MAY BE MADE VIA GOOGLE CHECKOUT

http://www.architecturefortibet.org/payments.php


Architecture for Tibet and the Manjushree Orphanage and Free-School would like to thank THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION for its generous and admirable support.


Thank you !



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6/24/10  NEWS


Light of Compassion:

An Enlightening and Entertaining Evening at the Rubin Museum!

 

I was delighted to host so many exceptional individuals at AFT's great benefit on May 25th! I extend to each and every one of you a Tashi Delek thank you from the entire Manjushree Family for being present at Light of Compassion at the Rubin Museum of Art, which was our first major fundraising event.


We raised a moderate but critical amount of donations and the net proceeds of our efforts to date totals $27,000. With this sum, combined with the First Church of Berlin, Massachusetts' $24,500 donation, we will be able to start construction. I had estimated $100,000 for construction of this ambitious project to break ground, and so we will struggle -- but will carry on for the sake of these children, who will need a suitable learning environment.

We are very much guided by faith, but Lama Thupten and I feel that it is not a blind faith, but an educated faith, as we will work to the best of our abilities to further the fundraising and to develop this Academic Center.

I am earnestly requesting that you kindly consider helping fund our heartfelt project. With relatively little funding -- only $320,000 in construction costs over the course of 4 years -- we can make a big difference for these precious children, who are Tawang’s future.


CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION

 

At our recent event, I was so fortunate to have the support of the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation, which generously donated the beautiful museum space for this special gathering of well-wishers and supporters.


I will take this opportunity to thank Belev Duggal, for the gift of printed materials. Duggal Visual Solution is truly the finest imaging company in New York City, so I was very happy to have received a favorable response to my request for a donation.


To Kate Allen, and her Allen Architectural Metals, I extend a big thank you for the support. Kate Allen has been a constant beacon of hope, as she has sponsored our efforts from our first humble fundraiser. Please see allenmetals.com for more on the exquisite wrought iron she and her company provides. Their portfolio includes the massive, cast iron windows of the Low Library at Columbia University, and many more impressive works around the city.


Soren and Gillian, thanks for being on my board and helping as far as possible, and congratulations on the birth of your beautiful twins, Rowan and Willow!


Ashish Verma of the Lowell Hotel, who has blessed this project with his generous assistance, kind support and his special encouraging enthusiasm: Thank you so much, from all of us here at Tawang.


Thanks to Children's Hope: a remarkable group of woman who have done so much hard work to serve needy children in various parts of India. And now my precious children of the High Himalayas of Northeast India will benefit because of their generosity too. Thanks you so much Lavina, Nami and Children's Hope!


Thank you IZZE for the delicious sparkling juice!


Dr. Thomas Schutte, president of Pratt Institute, my alma mater, made the opening remarks, which was such a great honor.


The evening’s program included musical performances by the Milarepa Children’s Chorus and by Yungchen Lhamo, “Goddess of voice.” (pictured above) Speakers included Tibet House’s eloquent Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer; and renowned Buddhist scholar Dr. Robert Thurman, who regaled the audience with tales of the controversial sixth Dalai Lama, the “playboy” Dalai Lama, who hailed from Tawang.


Longsang Nyandak, a representative of the current Dalai Lama, also took the microphone to send a message of support from His Holiness himself.


I feel privileged to have received this magnificent opportunity to benefit others and make use of my knowledge of construction and architecture, which I have studied and practiced for many years.


I must be truly blessed, as someone of humble beginnings, to have garnered this show of support from such prominent individuals and talent.


We also had a successful Silent Auction thanks to:


Aman Resorts;

http://www.amanresorts.com/amannewdelhi/home.aspx

the Peninsula Hotel;

http://www.peninsula.com/Peninsula_Hotels/en/default.aspx

the Lowell Hotel;

http://www.lowellhotel.com/

Raffles Resorts;

http://www.raffles.com/en_ra/Mainnavigation/home

Heather Berman, a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who offered ball room dance lessons;

http://www.heatherberman.com/hbproductions/

Mathieu Ricard, who donated one of his breathtaking photographs;

http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/index.php

Peggy Brown, who kindly donated “White Pegasus,” a photographic print by Hamid Sardar-Afkhami;

http://www.hamidsardar.com/

Satya Jewelry;

http://www.satyajewelry.com/catalog/index.php

Precious Metal Cid;

http://preciousmetalcid.com/

The Post House;

http://theposthouse.com/

Vikas Khanna, who donated signed cookbooks, which were very hot items;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikas_Khanna

Noelle Newell;

http://www.fairfieldcountylook.com/design_Newell.php

Steuben Glass;

http://steuben.com/

Golden Bridge Yoga;

http://www.goldenbridgeyoga.com/

Pure Yoga;

http://www.pureyoga.com/en/newyork/

Jivamukti Yoga School;

http://www.jivamuktiyoga.com/

Jill Satterfield Meditation and Yoga.

http://www.vajrayoga.com/vajrayogastudio.htm

tsampa restaurant

http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/tsampa/


Thanks to the bidders who helped raise funds as a result of your participation.


Thank you so much:


TIBET HOUSE US:

http://www.tibethouse.us/

TIBET HOUSE JAPAN:

http://www.tibethouse.jp/

OFFICE OF TIBET:

http://www.tibetoffice.org/en/


We are garnering more and more support for this worthy project here in New York, expanding our Circle of Friends. Please contact us at info@architecturefortibet.org to learn about ways to be involved.

Tashi Delek ! Thank you all !



John Ullman

347.302.3112

johnullman@architecturefortibet.org

www.architecturefortibet.org


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11/10/10 EVENT


AWARENESS-RAISER AND BENEFIT FOR THE MANJUSHREE ORPHANAGE ACADEMIC CENTER:

 

Come join our Circle of Friends at Golden Bridge's beautiful space in Soho to enjoy tasty Tibetan food--and to share ideas about Architecture for Tibet’s Academic Center Project for the children of Manjushree Orphanage at Tawang, located in the icy reaches of the India's northeastern Himalayas, just across the border from Tibet.


Kindly forward this E-invite to your circle of friends. 


We look forward to seeing you soon !


WHEN:

Wednesday, November 10th -- 7:30 to 9pm


WHERE:

Golden Bridge Yoga

253 Centre Street (between Broome and Grand Streets)


WHAT:

Awareness, Friend and Fund Raiser: Reception with food and drink (non alcoholic) and presentation of Architecture for Tibet’s Manjushree Orphanage Project.


$25 SUGGESTED DONATION

Please contact John Ullman at 347.302.3112 or email info@architecturefortibet.org for more information.


Architecture for Tibet is a tax-exempt nonprofit.


DONATIONS MAY BE MADE VIA GOOGLE CHECKOUT

http://www.architecturefortibet.org/payments.php


Architecture for Tibet and the Manjushree Orphanage and Free-School would like to thank THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION for its generous and admirable support.


Thank you !



2/17/11 EVENT


ARCHITECTURE FOR TIBET PRESENTS

THE POWER OF COMPASSION: 

FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE HIGH HIMALAYAS


Co-hosted by Asia Initiatives (
asiainitiatives.org)


 

Come join our Circle of Friends at Krishen and Geeta Mehta's beautiful Upper East Side apartment to enjoy tasty Tibetan and Indian food--and to help raise funds for a sustainable gardens project for the Jhamtse Gatsal Children's Community in Lumla, India, just across the border from Bhutan and Tibet.

WHEN:

Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm to 8pm

WHERE:

The home of Krishen and Geeta Mehta in the Savoy Building, 200 East 61st Street (between Second and Third Avenues), apartment 25AB

WHAT:

A fundraiser and discussion, with a Tibetan and Indian buffet-style dinner and presentation of a new, heartfelt agricultural project we are supporting. The goal is to make Jhamtse Gatsal self-sustaining in fruits and vegetables, which will work wonders for the health of its children.

TICKETS ONLINE:
brownpapertickets.com/event/140291

Please contact John Ullman at 347.302.3112 or email info@architecturefortibet.org for more information.

Thank you !



2/29/11 NEWS


ARCHITECTURE FOR TIBET IN THE NEWS:

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