His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet.
U of M Center for Spirituality & Healing and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota announce the Minnesota visit of the Dalai Lama
Tsewang Chokden, Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, (651) 917-9556 or (952) 356-7359
Patty Mattern, University News Service, firstname.lastname@example.org, (612) 624-2801
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/11/2010) —The Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH) at the University of Minnesota and the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) will co-host a special visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on May 8. The theme of His Holiness' visit, the first official trip to the Twin Cities since 2001, will be "One Heart, One Mind, One Universe."
The Minnesota visit features three planned events:
- Medicine Buddha Empowerment: A Tibetan Cultural Ceremony -- 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 8 at Mariucci Arena, hosted by TAFM
- Peace Through Inner Peace: a public address featuring His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama -- 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. May 8at Mariucci Arena, co-hosted by CSH and TAFM
- Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference: Healing Mind & Body -- 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 9 at the University Radisson Hotel, co-hosted by CSH and TAFM. (His Holiness is not expected to attend the conference.)
Tickets for all three events will be available through the Northrop ticket office beginning Monday, Oct. 18, 2010. For more details, visit the website for these events at www.dalailama.umn.edu.
"The Center for Spirituality & Healing is honored to collaborate with the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota on His Holiness' visit to the Twin Cities," said Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the CSH. "The Dalai Lama is a world leader who has collaborated with scientists around the globe to advance the understanding of the power of the mind to heal. At the Center for Spirituality and Healing, we have conducted NIH-funded research on the health outcomes associated with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, a practice that includes meditation and yoga."
On the morning of May 8, the TAFM will welcome the Dalai Lama to conduct a special "Medicine Buddha Empowerment" initiation, a Tibetan cultural ceremony open to the public. The ceremony will be conducted in the Tibetan language with explanations offered in English.
Later that afternoon, the Dalai Lama will be the featured speaker at a public address titled "Peace Through Inner Peace." His Holiness is revered worldwide for his promotion of such basic human values as compassion, forgiveness and tolerance. His address is expected to touch on the importance of these values in advancing peace as well as promoting individual health, healing and well-being.
Along with the events featuring the Dalai Lama, the Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference: Healing Mind & Body on May 9 will bring the foremost leaders and physicians in Tibetan medicine and spirituality to the Twin Cities. The CSH hosted the first annual conference in 2001. The Second International Tibetan Medicine Conference will include physician leaders from the Men-Tsee-Khang, the Tibetan Medical Institute of His Holiness in Dharmsala, India. The event is co-hosted by the TAFM and CSH and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University Radisson Hotel. (His Holiness is not expected to attend this conference.)
Minnesota has the second largest concentration of Tibetan Americans in the United States. The Dalai Lama's return to the state coincides with the official launch of the Tibetan Healing Initiative (THI) at the CSH. For more than 10 years, the CSH has offered graduate courses in traditional Tibetan medicine. These courses bring students to India annually to visit practitioners at the Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharmsala. New THI initiatives will include research on the benefits of blending Tibetan healing with conventional health practices and integrating Tibetan practices into regional clinic and hospital settings.
"The Tibetan American community of Minnesota is overjoyed about the eminent visit of His Holiness,' said Tsewang Ngodup, president of the board of directors for TAFM. "Indeed, we consider it a very special coincidence that it was on May 8, 2001 that His Holiness came to the Twin Cities for the very first time."
His Holiness is the temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. 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.
About the Center for Spirituality & Healing: Recognized nationally as a resource and leader in integrated health, the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing's goal is to transform healthcare by educating health professionals and students about complementary therapies and healing practices, conduct rigorous scientific research into complementary and non-pharmacological interventions, provide meaningful outreach programs, and work with partners to develop integrative clinical services. The inspiration behind the Center's work is the knowledge that health and well-being are enhanced when the best of complementary and conventional care are integrated. For more information, visit www.csh.umn.edu.
About the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota: The Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Tibetan Community in Minnesota, and to preserving Tibetan cultural, educational and religious traditions and to preserving and promoting the values of the unique Tibetan cultural heritage under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. TAFM is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1992 to aid in the resettlement of Tibetans in Minnesota. Under the 1990 Immigration Act, Congress granted immigrant visas to 1000 Tibetan living in India and Nepal. Under this project, and with the help of volunteers and host families, 160 Tibetans were settled in the Twin Cities area in 1992-93. For more information, visit www.tafm.org.