There is a lot of excitement among many Americans about the visit of the Dalai Lama to the United States. Phayul.com has reported on May 6, 2013, The Dalai Lama leaves for US visit. On Sunday His Holiness the Dalai Lama left his exile hometown of Dharamshala, north India, for a visit of the United States of America. He has been invited by various universities, colleges, and organizations to interact with students and give a series of lectures, public talks, discussions, and teachings on topics which range from compassion to global environment.
The Dalai Lama is scheduled to begin his public engagements in Madison with the ‘Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace on Peace Through Compassion: Connecting a Multi-Faith World,’ which has been organized by the University of Maryland on May 7. The same afternoon, the Dalai Lama will participate in ‘A Meeting of Two Oceans: Dialogue on Sufism and Buddhism,’ which has been organized by the Roshan Institute of Persian Studies. He will then travel to Oregon State, where he is scheduled to take part in various discussions and talks in Portland and Eugene at the invitation of the University of Portland, Maitripa College, and the University of Oregon. On May 11, during his visit to Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon the popular American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will be performing for the Dalai Lama as he takes part in an environmental summit on ‘Universal Responsibility & the Global Environment.’
The Dalai Lama will then visit Wisconsin State and give teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s ‘Praise to Dependent Origination’ on May 14 in Madison to be followed by a panel discussion on ‘Change your Mind Change the World’ at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the next day. Then he will head to Louisiana State and take part in a panel discussion on ‘Trauma Resolution and Healing Through Compassionate Means’ organized by Tulane University on May 17 in New Orleans. The Dalai Lama will than give a public talk on ‘Strength Through Connection’ the next day at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena.
On the final part of his five-state US visit, the Dalai Lama will travel to Kentucky State and give a public talk on ‘Engaging Compassion’ on May 19 to be followed by a one-day teaching on Atisha’s ‘Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’ at the YUM! Center in Louisville the next day. He is scheduled to finish up his public engagements with a talk to middle and high school students at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville on May 21. The Dalai Lama is very popular among many people across the United States and his visit and thoughts are very much appreciated during these troubled times.