Hello, Dalai: Spir­i­tual leader to visit Chicago

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The Dalai Lama will visit Chicago on July 17 and 18 at the in­vi­ta­tion of the Wheaton-based Theo­soph­i­cal So­ci­ety. The Bud­dhist and spir­i­tual leader made his last pub­lic ap­pear­ance here in 2007.

The Dalai Lama, whose name is Ten­zin Gy­atso, is sched­uled to speak July 17 at the UIC Pavil­ion and July 18 at the Har­ris The­ater. At the lat­ter event, the Dalai Lama will par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion with re­li­gious lead­ers from the Jewish, Chris­tian and Mus­lim faiths. The topic at both ap­pear­ances will be in­ter­faith co­op­er­a­tion.

“He says we’ve been talk­ing about it for too long,” said Pamela Hu­tul, a fam­ily law at­tor­ney with Davis Fried­man, who is lead­ing the host com­mit­tee with Cook County Cir­cuit Court Judge Michele Lowrance. “He’ll be try­ing to get peo­ple to move along fur­ther with ac­tion.”

In Novem­ber, the Dalai Lama an­nounced he was giv­ing up the po­lit­i­cal half of his role as Ti­bet’s leader. This week, Lob­sang San­gay, a 43-year-old vis­it­ing fel­low at Har­vard Law School, was elected to lead Ti­bet’s ex­iled gov­ern­ment, which has been based in north­ern In­dia since the 1950s, fol­low­ing China’s in­va­sion. The Dalai Lama will re­main the spir­i­tual leader of Ti­betan Bud­dhists.

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