This past weekend His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, came to Minnesota with a message of ‘One Heart, One Mind, One Universe’.
The Dalai Lama completed a series of talks and appearances this past weekend at the University of Minnesota, where thousands showed up at each event. The Dalai Lama’s visit was co-sponsored by both the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. Together they held four events from May 6-9, 2011.
TAFM held an official welcome for the Dalai Lama on May 8, with a “Medicine Buddha Empowerment” initiation, a cultural ceremony designed to promote personal and societal healing. The Dalai Lama spoke that afternoon in a public address on the topic, “Peace Through Inner Peace,” in addition to appearing before the Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference: Healing Mind & Body, a conference on Tibetan medicine and spirituality.
The Dalai Lama said in his Sunday afternoon address that he has visited four America universities now that have launched a Tibetan Healing Initiative much like his own Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness in Dharmsala, India.
Thupten Dadak, a founder of the TAFM, said the Sunday event was well-received, with about 6,000 tickets sold. The Saturday evening program drew more than 8,000 participants.
After 300 years of ruling under the Dalai Lama, the 14th Dalai Lama has decided that he wants Tibetan to operate under a purely democratic system. He will remain the spiritual leader as the 14th reincarnation of the Buddha of Compassion.