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Canada: Dalai Lama to visit again

July 9, 2010

The exiled Tibetan leader will speak at the
Rogers Centre in Toronto and open a new Tibetan
cultural centre in the city in October.
www.canadianimmigrant.ca
July 8, 2010

The Dalai Lama is coming back to Canada this fall.

The exiled Tibetan leader will speak at the
Rogers Centre in Toronto and open a new Tibetan
cultural centre in the city in October.

Namgyal Nangsetsang, a spokesperson for the
Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, said Tuesday
they are expecting more than 30,000 people at the
stadium to hear the Dalai Lama's address.

"He represents compassion and peace, in a
non-judgmental way," she said, according to the Canadian Press.

"People can relate to him to because he speaks of
spiritual development and humanitarian value in a
broad sense, where it's not segregated."

The Dalai Lama is no stranger to Canada -- Paul
Martin became the first prime minister to meet with him in 2004.

In 2006 he was named an honorary citizen.

One year later Stephen Harper drew criticism from
the Chinese embassy when he met with the Dalai
Lama in Ottawa. The Tibetan spiritual leader was
on a multi-nation tour that included the United States, Europe and Australia.

Chinese authorities have said they view any
public meetings with the Dalai Lama as interfering with China's affairs.

Last fall he visited Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since
staging an uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet
in 1959. Chinese officials view the Nobel
laureate as a political agitator and a separatist.

In 2008 China's ambassador to Canada criticized
the international media for supporting the

Dalai Lama when violent images emerged as Chinese
officials put down protests in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama celebrated his 75th birthday
Tuesday with hundreds of followers in the
northern Indian town where he has been living in exile.

The Buddhist spiritual leader will speak at the
Rogers Centre on Friday, Oct. 22. Two
invitation-only teachings at the Tibetan Canadian
Cultural Centre will follow over the weekend.
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