By Yancho Sabev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

By Yancho Sabev (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dalai Lama, a man held in the highest esteem by his followers, will be visiting Philadelphia in the not too distant future.

Yes, Pope Francis will be visiting the City of Brotherly Love at the end of September, but a religious and political leader who ascended to power in 1950 will also be visiting the fourth largest city in the United States this fall.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will both teach and receive an award on October 26th and 27th, PhillyMag.com reports.

He will speak at the Hayman Center at LaSalle University on the topic of “Eight Verses for Training the Mind” on October 26th. On the 27th he will engage in a forum on “Finding Happiness in Troubled Times:  Educating the Heart in the 21st Century” at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. 

In between those two teaching engagements, His Holiness will receive the 2015 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center. The Liberty Medal is awarded to those “who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.”

As spiritual director of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, the Venerable Lama Losang Samten hopes that the Dalai Lama’s visit will both be greeted with and inspire a future “environment of kindness” in the city of Philadelphia.  He went on to say that kindness is something Philadelphia “should never be in short supply of.”

In addition to the award ceremony and teaching schedule of the Dalai Lama, there will also be an event to support the Community Center Project of the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. Tickets went on sale yesterday for two events and one has already sold out. For more information about “An Evening of Tibetan Dance and Music,” and other related events, visit the official website for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Philadelphia.

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