ITHACA, N.Y. — On Wednesday, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced that the Dalai Lama selected the town of Ithaca from dozens of cities to be the site of an international center for Buddhism.
The cultural center — called “His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's Library and Museum” — will be built on South Hill.
Myrick says that the library and museum will contain “the writings, teachings, and artifacts of all 14 Dalai Lamas,” referring to the monks who have served as the spiritual leaders of Tibetan Buddhism for centuries.
Additionally, the center will provide housing for Buddhist students and monks.
Myrick said the town was not involved in the application process — nor was it aware of it. Ithaca’s Namgyal Monastery, the current North American Seat of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, independently lobbied for Ithaca to be selected as the site of the new library.