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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Leaves for South India

February 1, 2011

Friday, 28 January 2011 22:16 Tibetan Official Media: Tibet Net

Dharamshala: Tibet's spiritual and political leader His Holiness the
Dalai Lama left Dharamsala today for a visit to the south Indian state
of Karnataka from 30 January - 6 February 2011. The highlights of the
visit include the inauguration of memorial of late Shri S Nijalingappa,
the first chief minister of Karnataka, who helped in the rehabilitation
of the first batch of Tibetan refugees in south India; interaction with
students at St Josephs College and a public talk on 'Finding Happiness
in Troubled Times' in Bangalore.

On Saturday, His Holiness will inaugurate S Nijalingappa's newly-built
memorial on the outskirts of Chitradurga, which is located some 500 km
from Bangalore. Late Nijalingappa, who was the Karnataka state's first
chief minister from 1956 - 1958 extended support to rehabilitate the
first batch of around 3,000 Tibetan refugees at Lugsung Samdupling
Tibetan Settlement at Bylakuppe. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and
leader of opposition Siddaramaiah will attend the function. The trust
formed after his demise on 8 August 2000 has been striving to build a
befitting memorial at the tome of the great soul for guiding the future
generation. "The existing buildings beside the tome include a library,
computer room, class rooms, conference hall, audio-visual room, prayer
room and others. A research centre attached with a workshop, hostel
blocks for both men and women have also been planned as part of the
existing buildings," S Sivashankarappa, chairman and founder trustee,
told the Times of India.

His Holiness will visit St Joseph College of Arts and Science on Sunday
morning. Following his address, there will be an questions and answers
session and a 30 minute cultural programme with Tibetans, North-East and
other dances. Speaking on the visit, the college principal Dr Ambrose
Pinto said: "His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the symbol of love and peace
and a universal leader. Supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama means
denouncing oppression and suppression, and as well as announcing hope,
determination, and brotherhood." There are 116 Tibetan students in the
college."

In the afternoon, His Holiness will give a public talk on 'Finding
Happiness in Troubled Times' organised by the Foundation for the
Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and Choe Khor Sum Ling at
the National College Grounds, Basanavagudi. Watch live webcast of the
talk on dalailama.com from 2:30pm - 4:00pm Indian Standard Time.

His Holiness will then leave for Doeguling Tibetan settlement in
Mundgod, where he will inaugurate Rato monastery on 31 January and give
religious discourse at Drepung Lachi Monastery and Gaden Shartse
Monastery from 1 - 5 February. On 6 February His Holiness will confer a
Buddha Maitreya Blessing Empowerment (jampa gonpo jenang) followed by a
long life offering ceremony at Gaden Shartse Monastery.
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