Portland, Oregon, USA, 10 May 2013 - Maitripa College is a Tibetan Buddhist College founded in 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Since 2008, it has been able to award degrees and today His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the special guest during such a commencement ceremony. The sunlit streets outside were filled with well-wishers who waved and called out to His Holiness as he was met at the door by founding President Yangsi Rinpoche. Escorted briskly around the college, he was shown the various facilities before entering the Jokhang or main hall where he viewed the sacred images and paid his respects before taking his seat. Oregon Office of Degree Authorization representative Jennifer Diallo gave a short welcoming talk in which she introduced Maitripa College and explained the criteria for proper authorization of degrees.
A short symposium followed on the theme ‘Life after Life’. Neuroscientist and author of ‘Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey in the Afterlife,’ Dr Eben Alexander began with an account of his personal experience. Four and a half years ago he fell into a coma as a result of developing acute meningitis. During this time he experienced a far grander awareness that he attributes to his mind being temporarily freed from the limits of his brain. The experience entirely transformed his view of past and future lives and the mind’s potential.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Mairtripa College in Portland, Oregon on May 10, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a luncheon to mark the launch of the Palmo Peace Center at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon on May 10, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama waving to the audience of over 10,000 people at University of Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on May 10, 2013. Photo/Kurt Smith|