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Vancouver is about to get some serious lessons on compassion from the world’s leading authority on the subject.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of a prominent school of Tibetan Buddhism and Nobel Peace Prize winner, returns to the city for a pair of engagements, Oct. 21 and Oct. 23. He will focus on two familiar subjects: the theme of heart-mind learning and the universality of compassion.
So who is the man behind the robes? Tenzin Gysato is the 14th Dalai Lama, in a line stretching back to the 14th century in Tibet. Each Dalai Lama is thought to be the reincarnation of the “bodhisattva of compassion” (if Wikipedia hasn’t steered me wrong on this). The current Dalai Lama was born in 1935 and has reigned since 1950. In 1959, during the Tibetan uprising against China, he was forced to flee to India and establish his administration there.
Dalai Lama Coming to Vancouver