Saturday, April 30th: High Line Karma Chain with Salman Rushdie

High Line Karma Chain
The High Line, Manhattan
11am-noon
Free, register at The Standard day-of

In Buddhism, karma is the collective effect of an individual’s actions in forming his or her destiny in the next life. But can words be considered actions? What are the consequences of linguistic actions? And how do words travel and mutate as they pass from one person to the next? Find out when Pema Wangdak, a Tibetan lama, utters a sutra—an aphorism—into the ear of one person who will relay the sutra to another and another on down a chain of people extending over the length of the High Line.

The message will migrate as in a game of telephone until it reaches the chair and founder of the PEN World Voices Festival, Salman Rushdie. Rushdie will relay the original precept and its reinterpretation to the crowd and on Twitter.