Dalai Lama Visit – Miami University – Oxford, Ohio – Schedule, Tickets, Public Talk & Lecture – Miami University
Khashyar | March 7, 2010
Date of Visit: Oct 20-22, 2010
Location: Miami University, Oxford, OH
Ticket Information: TBA
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Miami
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal for championing the people of Tibet, will visit Miami University Oct. 20-22. He will meet with students as well as give a public address.
Miami established a relationship with the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India, during summer workshops in Tibet led by two faculty in anthropology from 2004-2008. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a patron of this institute, one of the premier institutions for study of Buddhist thought and philosophy.
After university faculty, including Provost Jeffrey Herbst, visited Dharamsala and signed an affiliation agreement, Miami began offering a Tibetan studies semester program last fall. It will be offered annually in the fall.
The Venerable Geshe Kalsang Damdul, from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, visited Miami and held a prayer flag ceremony here last February to commemorate the affiliation agreement.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, in 1989 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence and also was the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
Miami’s summer workshop, Peoples and Culture of Tibet, has been conducted by Deborah Akers and Homayun Sidky in Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama in northern India, which is the location of the Tibetan government in exile.
In the new Tibetan studies semester program for Miami students in Dharamsala, Miami students can study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) and the College for Higher Tibetan Studies (CHTS). Students are offered courses focusing on Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan medicine and meditation and an intensive sequence of language courses in Chinese, Tibetan and Hindi.
Since 1959 the Dalai Lama has received more than 84 awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. He has authored more than 72 books.
More details on his visit will be announced next fall.
Barack Obama Statement Honoring the Awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama – October 17, 2007
Khashyar | December 28, 2008
Barack Obama Statement Honoring the Awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama
Washington, D.C., October 17, 2007 – “His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled leader, stands among the great moral figures of our time. His mission is reflected by personal example – a life led in humility, moral courage and the belief in the redemptive power of human compassion.
Today we celebrate the Dalai Lama, not only as the spiritual rock for the Tibetan people, but also for his tireless advocacy for religious harmony, non-violence and human rights throughout the world.
I am proud and honored to join my colleagues and all Americans in paying tribute to the Dalai Lama. By bestowing on him the Congressional Gold Medal, we send a clear message of our commitment and support for his efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue through dialogue with the Chinese leadership.
The people of Tibet have a distinct and rich culture, and the Dalai Lama occupies a special place in their Buddhist beliefs and practices. The Dalai Lama has been consistent in his message that he does not seek independence for Tibet, that he supports the integrity and unity of the People’s Republic of China, and that he aims for a solution based on Tibetan autonomy within China.
I am pleased that China has been willing to enter into discussions about Tibet’s future, including inviting the representatives of the Dalai Lama to China for a sixth round of talks earlier this summer.
But it is now time for the Chinese leadership to engage in a dialogue with the Dalai Lama directly, allow him to return to Tibet, and work with him to assure the identity and cultural integrity of Tibet and to address the legitimate needs of the Tibetan people.
Taking such steps will build the basis for long-term stability in this strategic part of that country.”
Khashyar | December 28, 2008
Here is a letter that then Democratic candidate Barak Obama wrote to the Dalai Lama on July 24, 2008, explaining why he was not able to meet him in person during the Dalai Lama’s visit to Aspen, Colorado.
Here is the text of the letter:
July 24, 2008
I regret that our respective travel schedules will prevent us from meeting during your visit to the United States this month, but I wanted to take the opportunity to reassure you of my highest respect and support for you, your mission and your people at this critical time. I hope that this letter and your meeting with Senator McCain will make clear that American attention to and backing for the people of Tibet is widespread and transcends the divisions of our political contest in this important election year.
I was heartened to read of the continuing dialogue between your representatives and the government of the People’s Republic of China. Although progress is likely to be slow, and the travails of the people of Tibet will continue, I am hopeful that the process of dialogue and negotiation will bring positive results if both sides demonstrate good intentions and mutual respect. I remain optimistic that this process will continue beyond the Beijing Olympics, and pledge that I will continue to support it. The right to practice their religious beliefs without punishment or obstruction is one that should be accorded the people of Tibet, and I will continue to encourage the Chinese government to put aside its suspicions and act in accordance with its own constitution.
I will continue to support you and the rights of Tibetans. People of all faiths can admire what you are doing and what you stand for, and I look forward to meeting you at another time.
With great respect,