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1.   Opening Introduction by Kath Weston. She is a university professor, the author of four books, and a teacher of the art of moving meditation called Qigong. She is also a member of the National Writers Union and the National Qiqong Association. Dr. Weston received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Stanford University in 1988. For the last five years, she directed the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program at Harvard University. Dr. Weston's latest book, Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor, will be published by Beacon Press in 2008.

A Welcome by Dr. Bhutti, Founder and Director of the Tibet Elderly Help Foundation.

The Master of Ceremonies is Pema Tsewang Shastri, Tibetan Language Author.

Stage Manager is Tashi D. Lokyitsang, Ex-welfare officer of the exile government of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.

A brief slide show of Tibetans, the elderly.

2.   Ngompa Rigna - This Tibetan ritual dance is performed first in order to purify the stage where the Opera takes place, to cleanse the area of any negative influence. The masked dancers represent the Buddhist deity Chakna Dorjee (known in Sanskrit as Vajrapani) the destroyer of evil. The girls wearing five-paneled crowns with large rosettes over their ears are a chorus representing Dakinis or celestial beings. At the end of the dance, everyone on the stage tosses a handful of tsampa (roasted barley) into the air to appease the diety and pray for the peace and prosperity of sentient beings.   

3.   Gurung Dance - A traditional and sacred Nepali dance.   

4.   Khe la Thepay Chak Sum - A Tibetan song offering mind, body and spirit to the deity sung by the famous Tenzin Kunsel, a 13 year old girl.

5.   Bhangra Dance - A Punjabi folk dance performed by Boston Bhangra comprised of the best Bhangra dancers in Boston.

6.   Mathi Ghar - A Nepali dance to celebrate the birth of a girl child performed by Tenzin Lekze who received first place award in a nationally broadcasted interschool dance competion.

7.   Taiko - A Japanese drum performance by Stuart Paton of Burlington. This piece is Hiryu SanDan Gaeshi which comes from the Osuwa Taiko Group in Nagano, Japan. It calls a dragon to carry good fortune to the event and it begins with a Norito (recitation) asking the elders and ancestors to assist in bringing this dragon.

8.   Sounds from Nothingness - Guitar Performance by Janet Underhill and Daniel Orlansky.

A twenty minute intermission

9.   The Yak Dance - This famous dance is taken from a Tibetan Opera. It depicts the life of a nomad family and their yak herd. The nomad woman milks the dri (female yak) and mixes the butter. She then sings the song offering the fresh butter to the deity. The yak is the national animal of Tibet.

10.   Dranyen, the six-stringed lute, performed by Yonten C. Drongsar.

11.   Indian Punjabi Bhangra Dance performed by Boston Bhangra.

12.   Tibetan Flute Performance - The Sound of Heaven by Penpa Tsering.

13.   A Classical Bharatnatyam Manjushri Dance - This dance is one of a group of classics known as Charya Nritya, or "dance as a spiritual discipline". Performed by Sherry Onna. For thousands of years in sacred settings, these moving meditations are meant to develop qualities of awareness. Shared by Buddhist and Hindu traditions, Manjushri is a wisdom deity. In ancient times it is said that Manjushri came to Nepal on a spiritual pilgrimage.

14.   Choelsum Mirig Dance - This particular dance is specific to the native people of the three provinces of Tibet which are Dhothoe, Dhomeh, U-Tsang. The lyrics describe the unity among the people from these three provinces. They are wearing their native outfits.

15.   Om Mane song by the famous Tenzin Kunsel

16.   Tamang Dance Loitala Maichyang - This is a traditional Nepali "TAMANG" dance. People in the rural villages gather every year to sing and dance together. This is a wonderful opportunity for young men and women from different villages to meet. This song pictures the scene where men are asking the women to accept their love.

17.   Tashi Shoepa - Good Luck Dance from the Shel area of Lhasa, Tibet. This is the oldest performance of Tibet, the performers wear white-bearded masks representing Saint Thangthong Gyalpo, the founder of Lhamo, which is the Tibetan Opera. He lived for 140 years. Lhamo conveys the teaching of Lord Buddha through historical enactments.

18.   Brief concluding comments by Linda Mancini, Director of LAMRIM Buddhist Centre.