University of Minnesota
April 22, 2011
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will visit Minnesota on May 8, 2011—exactly 10 years to the date since he last visited the state.
One Heart, One Mind, One Universe… and one special guest
The University of Minnesota is welcoming His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for a special visit to campus on May 8, exactly 10 years to the date after his last trip here. The theme of the visit, co-hosted by the U’s Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH) and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM), is “One Heart, One Mind, One Universe.”
There are four events planned in conjunction with His Holiness’ visit:
• Medicine Buddha Empowerment: A Tibetan Cultural Ceremony from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 8 at Mariucci Arena, hosted by TAFM.
• Peace Through Inner Peace: a public address featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 8 at Mariucci Arena, cohosted by CSH and TAFM.
• Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference: Healing Mind & Body from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 9 at the Radisson University Hotel, co-hosted by CSH and TAFM. (Note: His Holiness is not expected to attend the conference.)
• World Premiere of KIPO!: A Circus of Spirit, Song, and Dance from Tibet, the Land of Snow from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. May 6–8, 2011, plus 2 to 3 p.m. May 7 at Rarig Center, presented by TigerLion Arts.
Tickets for all three events are available through the Northrop ticket office. For more details, visit the website for these events at http://www.northrop.umn.edu/dalai-lama.
"The Center for Spirituality & Healing is honored to collaborate with the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota on His Holiness' visit to the Twin Cities," says Mary Jo Kreitzer, CSH director. "The Dalai Lama is a world leader who has collaborated with scientists around the globe to advance the understanding of the power of the mind to heal. At the Center for Spirituality and Healing, we have conducted NIH-funded research on the health outcomes associated with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a practice that includes meditation and yoga." (See sidebar on the U’s Tibetan Healing Initiative.)
Tibetan Healing Initiative
The Dalai Lama's return to the Minnesota coincides with the official launch of the Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) at the CSH. For more than 10 years, the CSH has offered graduate courses in traditional Tibetan medicine.
New THI initiatives will include research on the benefits of blending Tibetan healing with conventional health practices and integrating Tibetan practices into regional clinic and hospital settings. To learn more, visit THI.
The morning event on May 8 is a Tibetan cultural ceremony open to the public. It will be conducted in the Tibetan language with explanations in English.
Later that afternoon, the Dalai Lama will be the featured speaker at a public address titled "Peace Through Inner Peace." His Holiness is revered worldwide for his promotion of such basic human values as compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance. His address is expected to touch on the importance of these values in advancing peace as well as promoting individual health, healing, and well-being.
“We live in a society that is so global, we’re very interconnected,” Kreitzer says in a video promoting the visit. “Events in one part of the world—whether they be environmental or financial or spiritual or cultural—affect all parts of the world. So this message—of inner peace and compassion, and the importance of cultivating happiness—[is] very timely.”
His Holiness is the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness; the fostering of inter-religious harmony; and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
At age two, he was recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama, continuing a line of political and spiritual leaders spanning six centuries. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, and he has authored more than 70 books.
Minnesota has the second largest concentration of Tibetan Americans in the United States.