On Thursday, February 21st at NYC’s Carnegie Hall, the 23rd Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert will be held.  As he has done many times in the past, Philip Glass will be curating the event, and will be joined by an eclectic lineup of artists such as Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Patti Smith, Rahzel, tUnE-yArDs, Ariel Pink, Tenzin Choegyal and additional artists that will be announced in coming weeks.  There will be several celebrities serving as honorary chairs for the event, including Uma Thurman, Peter Sarsgaard, and Maggie Gyllenhall.

Tibet House U.S. was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself.

According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama:

“I feel that Tibetan culture with its unique heritage –born of the efforts of many human beings of good spirit, of its contacts with Mongolian, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese and Persian culture, and of its natural environment – has developed a kind of energy which is very helpful for cultivating peace of mind and a joyful life.

I feel that there is a potential for Tibet to help humanity, and particularly our Eastern neighbor, where millions of young Chinese have lost their spiritual values. In this way, I feel very strongly that Tibetan culture will have a role to play in the future of humanity.”

Proceeds from the benefit will support the Tibet House U.S., in addition to assisting the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation and the Tibetan Community of New York & New Jersey.  The Tibet House U.S is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy located at 22 West 15th Street in New York City.

To purchase tickets to the benefit, click here.

For more information on Tibet House U.S., click here.