Dalai Lama Will Speak About World Peace In Indiana

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Dalai Lama will speak at Indiana State Fairgrounds on June 25.

The Dalai Lama's last visit to Indianapolis was in 2010. He then spoke to a crowd of 10,000 about health, parenting, and letting go of worry and anger. This summer, he will be visiting Indianapolis again. He will be speaking at the Indiana Farmer's Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, about tolerance and world peace, on June 25th. Dalai Lama's talk is titled Compassion as the Pillar of World Peace. The 14th Dalai Lama's connection to Indianapolis is that his elder brother, Thubten J. Norbu, lived there for a long time. He died in 2008. He was 86 years old. During his time, Norbu established one of the first Tibetan studies programs in the United States at the Indiana University. He also established the Tibetan-Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center.

Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Yellow Hat/Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Tenzin Gyatso's birth name is Lhamo Dhondup. He was born in 1935 in a small northeastern Tibetan village called Taktser. When he was two years old, he was recognized as the reincarnation of Thubten Gyatso, the 13th Dalai Lama. At the age of six, Tenzin Gyatso began his monastic education. He was enthroned in 1940. He assumed full temporal duties in 1950, at the age of 15. In 1959, due to the Tibetan uprising, he was forced to flee to India.

The present Dalai Lama is an avid traveler. He travels all around the world and speaks about various issues concerning the world. His topics include the welfare of Tibetans, non-violence, environment, Buddhism and science, Women's rights, astronomy, physics, reproductive health, cognitive neuroscience, and so on.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, for his peaceful efforts in trying to liberate Tibet from China. Dalai Lama has published more than 100 books. Some of his works include All You Ever Wanted to Know about Happiness and Life and Living. He has also appeared in a number of non-fiction movies. Seven Years in Tibet, The Sun Behind the Clouds, Bringing Tibet Home, and Kundun, are some of them.

Thousands of people from all over the world are expected to attend the Coliseum event. Before his Indianapolis event, Dalai Lama is also slated to speak at Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 21st. The 14th Dalai Lama's visit is sponsored by the Indiana Buddhist Center, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and Compassionate Indy.

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