3/15/2013 2:32:00 PM Dalai Lama visits Oregon May 9-11
Catholic News Service
The Dalai Lama gestures as he speaks to the media at his residence in Dharamsala, India, in 2008.
The Dalai Lama visits Portland for an Environmental Summit on May 9-11.
The summit includes three days of teachings and conversation with the Dalai Lama and leaders from Pacific Northwest environmental, scientific, policy and faith communities.
The visit begins with two events on Thursday, May 9 at the University of Portland Chiles Center, sponsored by the University of Portland and Maitripa College, a Portland-area Tibetan Buddhist college. In the morning, the Dalai Lama will be joined by a religious leader from the Archdiocese of Portland, Rabbi Michael Cahana of Congregation Beth Israel, Imam Muhammed Najieb of the Muslim Community Center, and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz in an interfaith dialog, “Spirituality and the Environment.” K GW’s Laural Porter will moderate the discussion. In the afternoon, he will offer a public address, “Universal Responsibility and the Inner Environment: the Nature of Mind.”
Tickets are already sold out for both events at University of Portland.
In Eugene, he will deliver a public lecture co-organized by the University of Oregon and the Eugene Sakya Center at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. Tickets are available at www.matthewknightarena.com.
He will also speak May 11 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. For more information about that event, log on to www.dalailamaportland2013.net.
The Dalai Lama is the author of more than 70 books and the 1989 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the 2007 Congressional Gold Medal. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony, and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion. His last visit to Oregon was in 2001. Proceeds from ticket sales are donated to charitable organizations.