H.H. the Dalai Lama Visits Wisconsin On A Historic Visit

July 18th 2008

Geshe Sopa La, WI State Senate President Senator Fred Risser, Rep. Joe Parisi, North American Tibetan Association Tenshug coordinator Tashi Namgyal La and WI Tibetan Association president Lobsang Tenzin La at the Airport to recieve His Holiness.

Madison, WI, USA, 18 July 2008 (By Marilee Wertlake) - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was warmly greeted at the Madison airport by a number of dignitaries including Wisconsin State Senate President Fred Risser, Director and Abbot of Deer Park Buddhist Center Geshe Llundup Sopa, NATA Coordinator Tashi Namgyal, and President of the Wisconsin Tibetan Association, Lobsang Tenzin. Mayor of Madison Dave Cieslewicz and the Common Council showed their support by honoring the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by voting to fly the Tibetan flag above the City-County Building for the entirety of His Holiness’ stay in Wisconsin.

His Holiness is in Madison for seven busy days that will culminate on the last day with an auspicious tenshug (Long Life Prayer Offering) for him.  Saturday will see him consecrating the new Deer Park Buddhist Center temple in the morning and in the afternoon he will be giving a public talk at the Alliant Energy Center.

Waiting expectantly at Deer Park for His Holiness to arrive was a large audience of people of all ages and nationalities. Once his car arrived, the crowd quietly stepped up to the long driveway to greet His Holiness. Stepping out of the car with a smile, His Holiness slowly walked the long driveway, greeting people, stopping to talk in Tibetan with some, shaking hands, all the while smiling. At the top of the driveway, he was greeted by dancers in snow lion costumes, conch shells sounding, singers singing people. The last the audience could see of His Holiness, he was under a golden umbrella being greeted by members of the monastery.


Members of students of Wisconsin Tibetan cultural school welcoming His Holiness by offering traditional Drotsol Chemar

 

 

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Upcoming Schedule

Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from September 7 to 10: His Holiness will conclude his teaching on Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (chodjug) with Chapter 10 and then give teachings on Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa), Chapter 1 of Nagarjuna's The Precious Garland of the Middle Way (uma rinchen trengwa) & Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas (laklen sodunma) at the request of a group from Asia including Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam at the Main Tibetan Temple.

Public Talk in London, UK on September 19: His Holiness will give a public talk on Compassion - The Foundation of Well-being at The O2 London organized by the Tibet House Trust. Contact website: www.dalailama2015.uk

Teaching in Dharamsala, HP, India from October 1 to 4: His Holiness will give teachings on Aryadeva's Four Hundred Verse Treatise (uma shigyapa) at the request of a group of Taiwanese at the Main Tibetan Temple.

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