Dalai Lama To Speak At Loyola Next Spring

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Dalai Lama will make his sixth visit to Chicago – and his second in less than a year – for a talk on non-violence at Loyola University next spring.

The Chicago TIBETcenter says the exiled spiritual leader will give the talk on April 26 of next year at the Joseph J. Gentile Center, at 6511 N. Winthrop Ave. on the Loyola Lakeshore Campus in Rogers Park.

The center is selling about 4,000 tickets for the event, and more than 450 additional tickets are being provided for free to high school juniors and seniors throughout Illinois.

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.

The Dalai Lama 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.

He appeared in July for a talk at the UIC Pavilion titled “Bridging the Faith Divide,” which drew about 7,000 people. He also held a discussion with other religious leaders at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park.

  • Larry

    Who cares? This old geezer is completely irrelevant in the US.

  • Rick

    I think this guy should do a series of speaches against violence in the Gaza Strip. There, are the most violent people in the world!

  • Laura

    This man and his beliefs are not irrevelant in the US. Our nation is an aggressive empire builder with a government of politicos out of touch and irresponsible to its people. As evidenced by the recent Occupy Wallstreet and other people not sleepwalking through life, the Dalai Lama’s theology would probably be most receptive to young people– who could be our only hope to turn around a dismal future here.

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