High Line Karma Chain

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Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 4:00am to 5:00am

High Line Karma Chain


In Buddhism, karma is the collective effect of an individual’s actions in forming his or her destiny in the next life. But can words be considered actions? What are the consequences of linguistic actions? And how do words travel and mutate as they pass from one person to the next? Find out when Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan lama, utters a sutra—an aphorism—into the ear of one person who will relay the sutra to another and another on down a chain of people extending over the length of the High Line.

The message will migrate as in a game of telephone until it reaches the chair and founder of the PEN World Voices Festival, Salman Rushdie. Rushdie will relay the original precept and its reinterpretation to the crowd and on Twitter.

This event will take place along the entire High Line.

FREE, Registration required on the day of the event. Register on the High Line under The Standard, New York.

All ages

This High Line Public Program is presented in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art as part of The Seventh Annual PEN World Voices of International Literature. Between April 25 and May 1, 2011, more than 100 writers from 40 nations convene in New York City to celebrate the power of the writer’s voice as a bold and vital element of public discourse. Dare to view the world from a fresh perspective at stages across the city, including the festival’s hubs -- The Standard, New York and the High Line. The program features panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, readings, performances, and much more. For a full listing of the festival's programs, please visit www.pen.org/festival.

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