His Holiness the Dalai Lama hosted by Maitripa College, Portland 2013

Dalai Lama Portland May 11 Maitripa College

His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledging the 11,000 members of the audience wearing white silk scarves at the end of his talk at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon on May 11, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

May 11: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Participates in an Environmental Summit and Talks about Compassion in Portland

Portland, Oregon, USA, 11 May 2013 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama began his fourth day in Portland, Oregon by giving a short interview to be included in an environmental documentary being created by Maitripa College. He expressed a concern not just for those alive today, but for future generations, suggesting that ecological problems may not affect us, but they will affect them if we don’t act. Asked how compassionate thought can change the world, he said:

“One of my dreams, perhaps an impossible dream, is to harness the solar potential of places like the Sahara desert and to use the power to run desalination plants that will produce clean water. It’s a project that would have widespread benefits and would function on a scale that would require global co-operation.”  To a question about what makes him happy, he replied, “Seeing other people smile.”

>READ COMPLETE REPORT OF ALL EVENTS SURROUNDING THE  MAY 11TH ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT; VIEW PHOTOS  (OFFICE OF HIS HOLINESS OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon on May 10, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

May 10: Life after Life Symposium at Maitripa College and Talk on Path to Peace and Happiness in Eugene

Portland, Oregon, USA, 10 May 2013 – Maitripa College is a Tibetan Buddhist College founded in 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Since 2008, it has been able to award degrees and today His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the special guest during such a commencement ceremony. The sunlit streets outside were filled with well-wishers who waved and called out to His Holiness as he was met at the door by founding President Yangsi Rinpoche. Escorted briskly around the college, he was shown the various facilities before entering the Jokhang or main hall where he viewed the sacred images and paid his respects before taking his seat. Oregon Office of Degree Authorization representative Jennifer Diallo gave a short welcoming talk in which she introduced Maitripa College and explained the criteria for proper authorization of degrees.

>READ COMPLETE REPORT, VIEW PHOTOS AND A REPORT ON THE AFTERNOON SESSION IN EUGENE (OFFICE OF HIS HOLINESS OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Interfaith Day hosted by Maitripa College and University of Portland

photo by Marc Sakamoto

May 9: A Meeting of Faiths and Concern for the Outer and Inner Environment

Starting his first full day in Portland, the ‘City of Roses’, His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove to the Chiles Center of the University of Portland where he was given a traditional Tibetan welcome by members of the 600 strong Tibetan community who live here. He was received by University of Portland President, Father Bill Beauchamp and Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, Tina Kotek. They escorted him to an interfaith gathering before an audience of 4300, the theme of which was ‘Spirituality and the Environment’. In her introduction, Speaker Kotek quoted His Holiness’s advice at the time of the Rio summit to “think of the one world to which we all belong.”
Invited to offer a few introductory words, His Holiness said:  “Spiritual brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters, I am very happy to be here for this, my first engagement on this visit to this beautiful city.

> READ COMPLETE REPORT; VIEW PHOTOS (OFFICE OF HIS HOLINESS OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with Tibetan staff and students participating in the Global Leadership Initiative in Portland, Oregon, on May 8, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL

May 8: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Meets with Tibetan Students in Portland, Oregon

Shortly after arriving in Portland today, having flown from one side of the United States to the other, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met staff and Tibetans students participating in the Global Leadership Initiative. He recalled that as early as the time of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, there had been efforts to introduce modern education in Tibet. Then, soon after coming into exile in India, priority was given to setting up schools to educate children. Those have largely been successful, he said, but what is needed now is for Tibetans acquire expertise and specialized training.

> READ COMPLETE REPORT; VIEW PHOTOS (OFFICE OF HIS HOLINESS OFFICIAL WEBSITE)


“. . .We must think of these matters if we are to be truly concerned about the environment, not only for this generation, but for future generations as well. . .” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

As we face the environmental issues before us, solutions will come through awareness and individual responsibility. The purpose of this event is not to focus on all that is wrong, but to inspire ourselves and future generations to act in a positive way for the environment. Individual responsibility arises from individual inspiration, formed and catalyzed by spirituality, philosophy, and policy. Therefore, this summit is designed as a platform for these three areas, all driving forces of action on this planet.”—Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College President
“It is a true privilege for Portlanders to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a spiritual leader who unites people around the world. This summit offers a rare and wondrous opportunity to discuss the importance of protecting the global environment, the dangers posed by climate change, and the vital role of ensuring clean water and sanitation. Treating people and the planet with respect should be a universal responsibility and the visit of His Holiness is an excellent occasion to highlight that shared promise.” —Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Dalai Lama Environmental Summit Guidelines May 2013

Because the purpose of the Dalai Lama Environmental Summit is to promote awareness and individual responsibility regarding both the external and internal environment, we, the event hosts, strive to follow these principles whenever possible . . . continue to read


His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Environment: A Timeline >click here