Later this week, The Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City will be hosting a slew of speakers who will be addressing a discussion of art, music drama and meditation and understanding the creative act through spirituality, as a benefit event for Jewel Heart. The four guest artists will be debating the relevance of art and spirituality in our times right now.
Among the speakers are Philip Glass, who wrote the film scores for movies like Notes on a Scandal and The Truman Show, Michael Imperioli, who protrayed Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos as well as writing Summer of Sam, Francesco Clemente, an artist who has been featured at the Guggenheim in both New York and Bilbao, and Gelek Rimpoche, who is recognized as an incarnate lama at age four and is the founder of Jewel Heart.
Jewel Heart is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1987 by Rimpoche. Its purpose is to support the preservation of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The benefit event for Jewel Heart is $25 per person.