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Dalai Lama to visit Indiana

October 22, 2007

October 21, 2007
Cincinnati Enquirer

Tibetan prayer flags flutter over low-slung Mongolian gers (tents) as
orange robed monks walk toward the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple, an
elaborately decorated structure housing gold Buddhas.

This sight doesn't require international travel, just a 2½-hour drive
to the Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Ind.

And if you visit the center this week, you'll be in good company as
none other than His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will be in
town from Tuesday-next Sunday.

"It's a rare opportunity," says the center's Lisa Morrison. "He
doesn't visit Indiana often; you don't have to be a Buddhist to
appreciate what he has to say."

The Dalai Lama, who will teach at the Indiana University Auditorium
during his stay, has visited the TCC four times: to consecrate the
center's Jangchub Chorten (or Stupa), a monument to world peace, in
1987; to lay the cornerstone of the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple in
1999; to give an empowerment ceremony in association with the
construction of the Kalachakra or "Wheel of Time" Chorten in 1999; and
in 2003 to dedicate the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple.

Of course, the fact that the Dalai Lama's oldest brother, Thubten
Jigme Norbu, established the TCC and continues to live on the center's
108 rural acres might also have something to do with his recurring
visits.

Norbu, an abbot at the Kumbum Monastery of Tibet, became that
country's first political refugee in 1950. (His brother, the Dalai
Lama, fled in 1959.)

By invitation Norbu came to Bloomington, where he taught at Indiana
University for 22 years.

He founded the Tibetan Cultural Center in 1979. Norbu has since
suffered a series of strokes and Arjia Rinpoche was appointed the
center's director in 2005. Currently six monks call the center home.

The last time the Dalai Lama visited, an estimated 5,000 visitors came
to the center. During his upcoming visit, the center's grounds will be
open to the public, but the temple and main building will be
restricted. When the Dalai Lama is not in town, the public has greater
access.

"We have art forms not seen in other places, like sand mandalas,
stupas, traditional Tibetan butter sculptures, rare gifts to Professor
Norbu, hand sewn tapestries, a large library of rare and antique books
on Buddhism," Morrison says.

Classes on yoga, cooking, Buddhism and meditation are regularly offered.

Visitors can pick up a brochure for a self-guided walking tour, or
call ahead to arrange 11/2-hour guided tour of the center's temple,
cultural building, monuments and grounds.

Call a month ahead and the center can provide a complete "experience"
including a Tibetan meal, traditional Tibetan throat singers and a
night in a Mongolian ger.

CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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