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Dalai Lama To Visit Harvard

April 19, 2009

Local Tibetan community prepares for official visit
By HUMA N. SHAH, Contributing Writer
The Harvard Crimson
April 17, 2009

The Dalai Lama will visit the Boston area at the end of April, and
plans to spend two days at Harvard during his stay.

Harvard faculty and staff have been preparing for the Dalai Lama's
visit on April 30th for the past year, according to Lobsang Sangay, a
research fellow at Harvard Law School who served as the coordinator
of the Dalai Lama's visit to New England.

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, will spend his time in the area
giving talks and participating in conferences. He has travelled to
Harvard twice in the past 15 years.

The Dalai Lama will give a talk called "Educating the Heart" at
Memorial Church on April 30 in front of over 900 faculty and
students. The event's lottery closed on Wednesday.

After the talk, the Dalai Lama plans to plant a tree with University
President Drew Faust, and later receive a citation from Harvard, said Sangay.

The following day, he will participate in a panel discussion called
"Meditation and Psychotherapy--Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom," at
the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, organized by the Harvard Medical
School's Department of Psychiatry and the Cambridge Health Alliance.
There, the Dalai Lama will speak on compassion and wisdom along with
several Harvard professors, including psychology professor Steven Pinker.

On May 2, the Tibetan Organization of Boston is sponsoring a morning
sermon, on the Four Noble Truths, and a public talk on the path to
happiness at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough according to Harvard
Buddhist chaplain Lama Migmar Tseten. Tickets for the event are
available on Ticketmaster.com.

"He is a like a rock star; he could probably fill the stadium," said
Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Leonard W. J. van der
Kuijp. "He is a very kind and charismatic man, and many will be
excited to see him."

Local Tibetans crafted a throne for the Dalai Lama to sit on during
the teaching, which they unveiled last Saturday.

"We are very excited and honored to host His Holiness, so a local
Tibetan carpenter and tailor built a throne for His Holiness," said
Pema T. Shastri, a spokesman for the Tibetan Association of Boston.
"It has taken several months to build the throne."

Sangay said he hopes the throne will eventually be placed in a
Tibetan Heritage Center, which the Association plans to build in the
next few years.

He added that he believes the careful planning will result in a
educational and exciting experience for the Harvard community.

"We have gone through every detail of his schedule minute by minute,
and the various security measures we will take," Sangay said. "We are
looking forward to good visit."

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