Hello, Dalai: Spiritual leader to visit Chicago
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.