Dalai Lama to visit Louisville next May

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by Associated Press/ WHAS11's Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 2:36 PM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WHAS11) -- Buddhist monks chanted before an audience at a press conference held at the Louisville Tibetan Buddhist Center Monday morning. It was a glimpse into a religion which will be spot lighted in Louisville this May when the Dalai Lama makes a three-day visit to the city.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader will give a public talk, offer Buddhist teachings and reach out to young people during his May 19-21 visit to Kentucky's largest city. His Holiness will make several public appearances. On Sunday, May 19, he will make a public talk at the KFC Yum! Center.  On May 20, he will be teaching a large crowd about the Buddhist faith. On Tuesday, May 21, he will be speaking to middle school, high school and college students at the Kentucky Center.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday called it a "once-in-a-life opportunity" for people in the area. He called the Dalai Lama an "iconic figure for peace, justice and compassion."

The Dalai Lama’s visit is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to Louisville from around the world. 

“The Dalai Lama is such an iconic figure for peace and compassion,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “I know his visit is going to inspire people locally and nationally.”

The announcement was made at Louisville's Tibetan Buddhist Center. The event began with a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting the Dalai Lama's prayer for world peace.

The 77-year-old spiritual leader lives in exile in India. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating nonviolent liberation for Tibet.

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