Wesley is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and has been practicing Tibetan Buddhism since the late 1970s. Her recent visit to IUP marks her third.
Beginning on Friday, April 20, Wesley delivered a speech in the HUB Monongahela Room regarding the effects of devoting oneself to one's community, the planet and themselves. The following day, Wesley presented a second talk followed by a Life Release ceremony.
Life Release is a practice central to Buddhism, which involves saving animals that are set to be killed. During Wesley's presentation, she offered Indiana residents to bring their pets in order to receive a blessing.
After a third set of speeches on Sunday, Wesley conducted a brief meditation session before concluding her visit with a prayer ceremony for Earth Day.
The Indiana KTC's presentation of Lama Kathy Wesley coincided with a series of Tibetan Buddhism Earth Day ceremonies. The center plans to host Wesley's instructor, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, next fall. Until then, the center offers a series of meditation sessions for anyone interested in the practice.
(Screenshot of Indiana County KTC's Meditation Fall 2011 Meditation Schedule; Courtesy of Indiana County KTC website)
Slideshow Featuring Images From Wesley's Visit, Informational Photos