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Dalai Lama to Visit Memphis

September 22, 2009

myfoxmemphis - 21 Sep 2009
by Les Smith

Memphis, Tn - Mankind's pain and suffering has never been confined to just
one race of people. It is, sadly, a universal malady. But, thankfully the
search for elusive world peace also remains eternal, and on Wednesday, one
of the greatest ambassadors for peace and human rights, his Holiness the
Dalai Lama, makes his first appearance in Memphis, the deserving recipient
of the National Civil Rights Museum's prestigious International Freedom
Award.

People who are connected with the whole history of the civil rights and
human rights find that this is almost like a natural connection.

Tenzin Thung, President of the Dalai Lama Foundation, says the Dalai Lama's
coveted appearance is in conjunction with a nearly three year old touring
exhibit sponsored by the foundation and the Missing Peace Project, a
collaboration dedicated to educating people about peace through art and
music.

Thung says, "It's fairly large. Some 85 pieces and very powerful art
exhibition. Unfortunately, it's not coming to Memphis right now. But,
another component of it is called the Missing Peace Concert. So, we are
having the concert in celebration of this visit."

One of the highlights of the concert planned for Wednesday night at the
Cannon Center will be performances from Tibetan singer/musician "LoTen". It
is a visit to a place he says he has dreamed of, appreciating the history
and struggles of the civil rights movement and it's many comparisons to the
exile of 100-thousand Tibetans who left their homeland nearly 40 years ago
rather than bow to enforced Chinese rule.

Loten is also a huge fan of Memphis music, "It was always my dream because I
heard of Memphis. In that Elvis he grew up here. BB King. And because
Memphis was cradle of Blues music tradition.the root connection between our
people and the people here in Memphis. Our history. The sufferings. The
oppression which people went through here as a history and what we are going
through now...the Tibetan people under the Chinese occupation."

And at the center of this celebration of like histories and purposes is the
man whose life has it's own parallels to another revered pioneer in the
quest for peace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also now looked on as a figure who is
fighting for justice and the rights of people. So, it's a good coming
together of past struggles and present struggles that are being acknowledged
and understood.
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