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Exiled Tibetan P.M. to speak in Honesdale

July 24, 2008

One of the world's leading Tibetan scholars of Buddhism and the
teachings of Mahatma Gandhi soon will make a rare appearance in
Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Kyle Wall, Staff Writer;
The Times Tribune (USA)
July 22, 2008

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the Central Tibetan
Administration, or Tibetan government in exile, will visit the
Himalayan Institute in Honesdale on Monday at 9:30 a.m. for a presentation.

"This is a very rare occasion for him to come to Honesdale," Marge
Watkins, spokesperson for the institute, said.

The presentation, titled "Uncomprising Truth for a Compromised World:
Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World" and based on his 2006 book of the
same name, will feature Professor Rinpoche speaking about
spirituality in the "imperfect" modern world.

At the age of 5, Professor Rinpoche, whose birth name is Lobsang
Tenzin, was recognized as the reincarnation of the fourth Samdhong
Rinpoche, a Tibetan religious title meaning "precious one."

After fleeing Tibet during the Chinese invasion in 1959, Professor
Rinpoche taught at various Tibetan schools throughout the latter half
of the 20th century.

In 2001, he was elected to lead the Tibetan people in exile as their
first Kalon Tripa, or Chairman of the Cabinet, after the Dalai Lama
declared that they should be able to elect their own governmental leader.

Professor Rinpoche's visit was arranged in April, when Dr. Pandit
Rajmani Tigunait, head of the institute, visited with Professor
Rinpoche and his delegation in New Delhi to talk about the
possibility of setting up Himalayan Institute Community Centers there
and in various other locations to fight poverty, illiteracy and inequality.

"It's all about providing them with rural empowerment so that they
can have social regeneration," Ms. Watkins said of the planned
community centers, which are based on one already functioning in
Cameroon, Africa. "Then they will have sustainable income and they'll
have a way to support themselves."

After meeting to discuss these plans, Professor Rinpoche agreed to
visit the institute in Honesdale, which was founded in 1971 by Swami
Rama of the Himalayas.

The nonprofit institute receives the bulk of its funding from
membership fees, donations and conducting weekend programs including
yoga and holistic health.

If you go:
What: Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of the Government
of Tibet in Exile
When: Monday, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, 952 Bethany Turnpike
Details: Free presentation, "Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised
World: Tibetan Buddhism and Today's World." Call 253-5551, ext. 1507,
for more information or to reserve seating.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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