The benefit screenings and premiere parties for Travellers & Magicians that took place in five cities around the world this past January and February were a resounding success. Rinpoche attended all the events, continent hopping from screening to screening. We are so grateful to him for choosing the Foundation as the beneficiary of Travellers & Magicians and for crossing the globe to be at each event in person. We were well into our planning for the five events when the disastrous tsunami hit Southeast Asia. In light of the tragedy, we offered all proceeds of our London event to our sister organisation, Lotus Outreach , which supports women and children who are living in poverty. That event raised over $7,500 for Lotus Outreach, thanks to the support of Como Hotels and Resorts, which provided food, beverages, and the lovely setting of their Metropolitan Hotel. Como Hotels was also a co-sponsor of the New York City event, along with Newman’s Own Organics and Absolute Asia. The sold-out screening at Chelsea West Cinemas was followed by a lively Q&A with Rinpoche and beat poet John Giorno, and a wonderful party at the gorgeous new Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art (a must-see for anyone going to New York City). David Hykes, who composed the haunting theme music for Travellers & Magicians, performed at the museum, as did Ryan Lee, who played the cello. Sydney’s event at The Art Gallery of New South Wales was also a sold-out affair. Guests enjoyed drinks, Q&A, and an animated discussion between Rinpoche and Edmond Capon, the director of the gallery, about art and film. The screening was followed by an intimate dinner for 50 guests at Kylie Kwong’s Restaurant in Surry Hills. The Halifax event drew the largest crowd; 525 people attended the screening, followed by a swanky party at the Lord Nelson Hotel, which has recently been restored to all its Georgian splendor. The reception was packed with friends and fans. Rinpoche received guests for an hour, and then made his way to the ballroom, where Michal the Girl sang several of her songs from the film and people danced until the wee hours. The final event took place in Vancouver with a packed theatre and an oversold reception at an artist co-op gallery. Artists donated 30 percent of the evening’s sales to KF. A continuous slide show of Butsou Lai’s photographs from the inauguration of Chökyi Lodrö College of Dialectics [see story below] rounded out the evening. “It was short and sweet, everybody was happy,” said coordinator Amelia Chow. Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, and guests, and especially to the tireless volunteers who put so much heart and soul into these events. In total, over US$70,000 was raised, important connections were made, and Khyentse Foundation entered the mind stream of a whole new crowd of people. The film will be available on DVD at the end of the year. For more information, visit the web sites of Zeitgeist Films (USA), Capri Films (Canada), Enjoy Cinema (UK), and Melsa Films (Australia).