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Important Announcement regarding the Karmapa's London Teaching

Posted on 28 Apr 2017

Important Announcement regarding the Karmapa's London Teaching

Important Announcement

From the Organisers of the Karmapa Visit UK



Hello - my name is Chloe and I am heading up the organisational team of His Holiness Karmapa's historic first visit to the UK. Due to the extremely high demand for tickets, in the past 48 hours we have managed to secure Battersea Evolution, a significantly larger venue in London, for the teachings on 20th and 21st May 2017.

The venue remains in central London and those tickets bought for the teachings at the Hilton Hotel remain valid for the new venue. So, in spite of the change of venue, which may create an extra tube/bus/car journey for those who have already booked accommodation, we hope that this is a cause for great celebration and that we can all rejoice that so many more of our Dharma brothers and sisters will now be able to attend! (full details of the venue change, ticket/refund information and FAQ's can be found at the bottom of this email).

I also would like to take this opportunity to give a little background to this historic first visit of His Holiness to the UK which might help shed light on the decision-making process to date...

Even though discussions have been ongoing for many years, the actual dates for a UK visit were agreed just a few short months ago and although we are now feeling confident, to date we have been operating under uncertain conditions.  At the time the dates were finally agreed, the Hilton was one of a very few London venues/conference facilities of a sizeable and affordable capacity available. With no official clearances, our kind sponsor agreed to risk the large non-refundable deposits for the venue, hotels and many other elements of the visit, plus commit contractually to further payments to try to make this visit possible. We know it has not been a smooth journey for you all, we are also not enjoying feeling the disappointment of so many people but just want you all to know that capacity was a consideration that we gave a lot of thought and hard work to, and have simply been trying our best given the availability and circumstances to date.  

We sincerely hope that there is not too much upset because of the venue change but rather rejoicing, and that with all our continued efforts the visit will be a great success!  

With best wishes,

Chloe Roberts & the organisational team x


  ** Please note the later start time ** 

Saturday 20th May 

11:00 - 12:30 Public Teachings

15:00 - 16:30 Public Teachings

Sunday 21st May
11:00 - 12:30 Public Teachings
15:00 - 17:00 Chenrezig Empowerment  





When will the tickets go on sale? 
Tickets will go on sale TUESDAY 2nd MAY at 8PM / 20:00 British Summer Time via Eventbrite and we will send out and post the link in due course.

If I have already purchased a ticket for the Hilton Hotel, will this be valid? 
Yes, tickets already purchased will still be valid for the new venue. We will re-issue your ticket with the revised times and location. Please look out for the EVENTBRITE email with your revised ticket in the coming days. 

If I have registered for a Sangha seat, is my registration still valid? 
Yes, please bring the print out you have been sent, along with a form of photo ID

If I have already purchased a ticket for the Hilton Hotel, will the seating plan be the same for the Battersea Evolution? 
Yes, your seat will still be in the same area as per the seating plan.

If I have already purchased a ticket for the Hilton Hotel, can I exchange my ticket type as there are now cheaper seats available? 
We cannot exchange the ticket you have already purchased, however you can purchase a new ticket/s and cancel your previous purchase by requesting a refund via the Eventbrite website.   

Do I still need to bring a print out of the old ticket? 
No, you will only need to bring the new ticket that will be issued. You will still need to bring a form of photo ID.

Can I purchase additional tickets? 
Yes, you will be able to purchase additional tickets.

Can I still get a refund if the visit is cancelled or for any other reason? 
Yes, refunds will be given less any Eventbrite and or Paypal charges where applicable. 

Will there be accessible seating at the Battersea Evolution location? 
Yes, Disabled visitors are welcomed with a valid ticket. 
The event is accessible for wheelchairs.

I have purchased an accessible seat for £50 a day but notice there is also a lower accessible ticket type of £30 a day, can I exchange my ticket type? 
We cannot exchange the ticket you have already purchased and your seat will be closer to the stage than the £30 type, however you can purchase a new ticket/s and cancel your previous purchase by requesting a refund via the Eventbrite website.   

Is the '8 Verses of Training the Mind' text taught over 3 sessions or is each teaching session the same? 
Whilst we cannot predict what His Holiness will speak about during each session, the intention is for the text to be taught over the course of the 3 sessions.  

All the same terms and conditions apply