University of Minnesota
to confer honorary doctorate on His Holiness the Dalai Lama
[Saturday, 7 May 2011, 11:27 a.m.]
University of Minnesota will bestow an honorary doctorate upon His Holiness
the Dalai Lama for his unfailing struggle for peace and harmony in the
|His Holiness the Dalai
Lama arrives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on 6 May 2011, on the
start of a visit
that will include teachings and a public talk at the University of
arrival at the residence of the University of Minnesota’s President for a
welcome reception on 6 May, members of the Tibetan community presented
ceremonial welcome dances and offered Droso Chema. Tibetan community
President Tsewang Ngodup introduced the board members and the guests.
At the reception, the university thanked
His Holiness for being an inspiration to all of them and conveyed their
heartfelt gratitude for his presence.
Director May Jo Kereitzer said, “There
is no one appropriate for this honor (honorary doctorate) than His
Holiness the Dalai Lama whose vision for peace and non-violence inspired
thousands around the world.”
Kereitzer further informed that the
university has built partnership with the Tibetan Medical & Astro
Institute in Dharamsala to work on research and development.
Among those who came to greet His
Holiness at the reception were members of the Board of Regents
(governing board) of the University, Mayor Chris Coleman of St Paul, and
Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who conveyed to His Holiness greetings
from former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In his remarks His Holiness the Dalai
Lama said that he was not special and that he was only doing his share
of contributing to build a happier human society.
His Holiness stressed the need to
understand the new reality taking into account of the global interest
like global warming which has some serious repercussion in the world.
Putting into account of the recent failure of the Copenhagen summit on
the environment, His Holiness held responsible the governments for
placing their country’s interest before global interest.
He said, “The purpose was same for all
the countries to build a healthy society for which it is necessary for
everyone to work together.”
His Holiness also appreciate the
university’s research in Tibetan medicine and referred to himself as an
‘old patient’ of Tibetan medicine and also mentioned that many prominent
Indian people, including family members of well known doctors in New
Delhi have undergone Tibetan medical treatment.
The Tibetan medical tradition was a
synthesis of Tibetan, Indian, Chinese and Persian healing systems, which
came about as a result of a semi-international medical conference
convened by a Tibetan emperor in the eighth century.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama reaffirmed
his commitment on promoting human values and religious harmony.
His Holiness arrived in Rochester in the
state of Minnesota on Thursday (5 May), from Long Beach, California,
for his annual health checkup at the Mayo Clinic. The doctors found him
in good health.
His Holiness has begun his two-day
programme, which is being co-hosted by the University of Minnesota and
the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.
His Holiness’ programe for 7 May
includes a meeting with the press, an address to the Tibetan community
and another meeting with Chinese and other students and scholars.