Dalai Lama to give public teaching in Minneapolis


Fresh from some medical treatment in Rochester, the Dalai Lama will travel to Minneapolis this weekend to give a public talk in Minneapolis.

The Tibetan spiritual leader will give a teaching at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in an event organized by the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, according to his website.

Watch the live webcast of his teaching and talk here.

It is one of just three U.S. stops on his schedule this year, though last week he met with several U.S. mayors including Rochester's Ardell Brede who have been working to build "kind and compassionate cities."

The 80-year-old has been in Minnesota for treatment at Rochester's Mayo Clinic, arriving in January for another health check-up, having last visited the facility in the fall.

According to KSTP, his appearance in Minneapolis is expected to attract many of the 3,000 Tibetan-Americans currently living in the Twin Cities.

"It means a lot. We cannot express in words how overjoyed we are to have his Holiness blessing us once again in the Twin Cities," Kalsang Kyoh, a spokeswoman for the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, told the news station.

The event will see him give a short teaching on Geshe Langri Thangpa's "Eight Version of Training the Mind." He will also confer the Generating of Bodhicitta during his appearance.

The 14th Dalai Lama, originally named Lhamo Thondup but now known as Tenzin Gyatso, became the leader of Tibet in 1950 at the age of just 15, his biography says.

He has been living in northern India since 1959, when he was forced into exile after the Tibetan uprising was brutally put down by the Chinese military.

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