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The Dalai Lama (Credit: Lindsay Oliver/CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Dalai Lama returns to Chicago this weekend to address crowds at the UIC Pavilion and Millennium Park.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the exiled spiritual leader is making his fifth visit to Chicago, and the first since 2007.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

He describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, but has been recognized with a Congressional gold medal of honor for his advocacy of nonviolence for Tibetans in the face of Chinese oppression.

On Sunday, he will appear for a talk at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave., titled “Bridging the Faith Divide.” On Monday, July 18, he will hold a discussion with other religious leaders at the Harris Theater, at 205 E. Randolph Dr. in Millennium Park.

The Dalai Lama gave two addresses on Buddhist spirituality on Millennium Park in 2007.

The Dalai Lama, whose worldly name is Tenzin Gyatso, fled Tibet in 1959 after the Chinese quelled a popular uprising. He is still widely revered in Tibet, though he is now based in Dharmsala, India, where he heads a government in exile.

He was proclaimed the 14th Dalai Lama at age 5 and became Tibet’s leader at 15.