Join our Mailing List

"For a happier, more stable and civilized future, each of us must develop a sincere, warm-hearted feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood."

Dalai Lama to lecture on enlightenment at Lehigh University

March 3, 2008

BETHLEHEM, Pa., March 03 (AP) - The Dalai Lama will make his first
visit to the Lehigh Valley this summer, spending several days
lecturing on enlightenment and well-being.

The Nobel laureate will lead a symposium from July 10-15 at Lehigh
University on a 600-year-old Tibetan Buddhist text titled, "The Great
Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment."

He will also offer a two-hour public lecture on "Generating a Good
Heart" at Lehigh's Stabler Arena on July 13. The general public may
buy tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.

"I think he's very much concerned in human happiness , and who's not
interested in that?" said the Rev. Lloyd Steffen, Lehigh's chaplain,
calling the visit a "historic" moment for the university.

The Dalai Lama, 72, has been the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism
since 1950, less than a year before China invaded the country. In
addition to pushing for Tibetan autonomy, the Dalai Lama is one of the
world's foremost Buddhist scholars and an internationally recognized
advocate of nonviolence.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and his rock-star-like appeal
routinely attracts crowds of thousands. In 2005, he addressed 36,000
people in Rutgers Stadium in New Jersey.

Steffen and other Lehigh faculty members have scheduled dozens of
lectures and other events in the year leading up to the visit.
University dining halls have served Tibetan food at lunch once a month
and, in October, Tibetan Buddhist monks created a painstakingly
detailed design called a mandala in Linderman Library using colored

"His visit has opened up the whole window of knowledge and
understanding of Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism," said Lehigh
president Alice Gast, "and I think that's been a tremendous gift even
before he's gotten here."

The five-day symposium is sponsored the Tibetan Buddhist Learning
Center in Warren County, N.J.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
Developed by plank