Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Bloomington Welcomes the Dalai Lama
Just a few days after the craziness of IU student move out and graduation weekend, Bloomington is gearing up today for another major event - the arrival of the Dalai Lama!
This is the Dalai Lama's sixth visit to Bloomington, the home of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, founded in the late 1970's by his older brother, Professor Norbu. He first visited in 1987 to dedicate the Janchub Chorten at the center, then known as the Tibetan Cultural Center. In October 2007, he changed the name to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center to broaden the center's mission by including the Mongolian Buddhist culture.
This year's visit will include three sessions of teachings on the Womb of Buddha: "The Heart Sutra" at the IU Auditorium on May 12 and 13, as well as a public talk at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on May 14. A variety of other events and exhibits are being held around town to celebrate Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist culture during the Dalai Lama's visit. See www.tmbcc.net for a complete schedule.