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Exhibit Revisits His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Historic Visit

October 26, 2008

Tibet.net
October 24, 2008

Dharamshala: A collection of photographs and memorabilia from His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's historic visit to Lehigh in July is now on
display at Linderman Library, Lehigh university's website The Brown
and White reported Friday.

On 7 July, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Lehigh University
in Pennsylvania, and conferred a six-day lecture series on
Tsongkhapa's masterpiece on the stages of spiritual evolution.

The collection includes memorabilia from this visit and items from
events held in preparation for his visit, which include a slideshow
of the sand mandala created by monks in the rotunda of Linderman in October.

"I think it was an extraordinary thing to have a person of his values
and orientation in our midst - a person committed to compassion,
peace, and cooperation," said professor Lloyd Steffen in an e-mail.
Steffen was co-chair of the committee responsible for preparations
during the year prior to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit.

Steffen said he believes the event was a success and a great moment
in Lehigh history.

"I am still receiving comments of appreciation from people grateful
that Lehigh made the effort to make this visit happen," Steffen said.

In his opening remarks at the unveiling of the exhibition at
Linderman, Steffen said even today we are unable to appreciate the
Dalai Lama's criticism of the spiritual and moral problems of our
lives. These criticisms present too much of a challenge to the way we
live and what we value to even hear them or take them seriously, Steffen said.

Matt DiPisa, said he didn't know much about His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and the ideals he stood for before arriving at Lehigh.

"It's really important for college students to understand the
cultural and historical significance of such a figure as prominent as
His Holiness the Dalai Lama," DiPisa said. "There's an awareness
among students of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's ideas that definitely
didn't exist beforehand."

In efforts to educate students on Tibet, Buddhism and His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, Lehigh offered lectures and spring and summer
semester courses that focused on these topics.

Alexa Naas, took advantage of these opportunities by enrolling in a
class about Buddhism.

"The class ended up changing how I view life in general. I now see
things from a different perspective," Naas said.

Other students said they felt the Buddhist presence on campus as they
watched monks create the sacred sand mandala in Linderman.

"I watched them work hard all week just to destroy their masterpiece.
It showed me that objects in life are impermanent." said Sri Rao, '11.

Lehigh students also got a taste of Tibetan food through a series of
monthly Tibetan lunches served in the dining halls. Jon Abramson,
'09, said he went out of his way to try the cuisine at Rathbone.

"I think it's great that Lehigh made such an effort to ensure a true
learning experience for all of us, even those who weren't able to be
here when His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited," Abramson said.
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