U to feature Dalai Lama in Tibetan events


The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader, will come to the University of Minnesota on May 8 for a two-day visit.

The University’s Center for Spirituality and Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota will host three events titled “One Heart, One Mind, One Universe” featuring the Dalai Lama.

The Minnesota Tibetan community, which is the second largest population of Tibetans in the United States, requested the Dalai Lama’s appearance.

TAFM offered to co-host his visit to with the Center for Spirituality and Healing, which is launching a Tibetan Healing Initiative.

“This is not the first time that we have collaborated with the University,” said Tsewang Chokden, a spokesman for TAFM. The Center is strongly involved with Tibetan medicine and culture, he added.

The theme for the event was chosen while working closely with the Dalai Lama’s home organization, the Office of Tibet, Tony Baisley, spokesman for the Center, said. “The title encapsulates his work and how he wanted to present his message.”

The event is scheduled to take place at Mariucci Arena.

Nearly 9,000 tickets for the event will go on sale Oct. 18, and will be sold through the Northrop ticket office. Prices range from $15 to $500 depending on the specific event and seating arrangements.

The Dalai Lama made his last appearance in the Twin Cities in 2001.