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Dalai Lama Arrives

July 20, 2008

WMTV - Madison,WI
Friday, July 18, 2008

It is estimated that there are about 500 Buddhists that live in south
central Wisconsin.

And on Friday the spiritual leader of many of them arrived in Madison to
consecrate a new temple.

"It is the ultimate person coming here. He is our everything," said
Tibetan Buddhist Khamlung Tuklu.

Added Buddhist Lhamo Nachug, "Just seeing him makes me have a glow in my
face. I just feel really special."

At eight o'clock Friday morning followers of the Dalai Lama began to
gather. Some sat quietly. Others chose to dress in traditional costumes,
play music and dance in celebration.

But, when he arrived, in keeping with the Buddhist tradition, they all
held a Khata and bowed their heads as he passed.

After greeting his followers, his holiness retreated to his room to rest.

He is here to consecrate the new Buddhist temple at the monastery at
Deer Park in Oregon.

"The main statue, the main image is the historical Buddha. Who we refer
to as Shakyamuni," said a pointing George Churinoff, an American born
Buddhist, as he walked in the front of the prayer room.

Three and a half years ago, the local Buddhist community came together
to raise funds for this temple, which is one of the largest in America.
Two and a half years ago construction began and it was finally finished
Thursday.

"It is almost as though you have an empty structure and the consecration
invoking the Buddhists and their energy is almost like inviting the
guests that will reside with us," stated Churinoff.

And the energy involved in that consecration is made greater by the
arrival of the Dalai Lama.

"This is such a special thing," added Tuklu.

"I feel really special with him coming today with him coming here,"
concluded Nachug.

The Dalai Lama will be in the area for eight days and consecrate the new
temple Satuday morning.

But before that Churinoff will be on the Morning Show Weekend Live on
Saturday, July 19, to talk about the Buddhist way and the Dalai Lama's
visit.
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