08 May 2007
The Dalai Lama Visits My Town
This isn't about woodblock, but my little city of Northampton, Massachusetts, is all abuzz awaiting the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. My dog Ty and I just walked the grounds at the Smith College campus where he will speak tomorrow. It looks beautiful with prayer flags everywhere and there was a joyful expectant feeling as many townsfolk milled around looking at all the decorations. I think we all feel very honored to have him here; I know that I do.
This part of Massachusetts, called the Connecticut River Valley, is home to over 100 Tibetan refugees as well as a unique Tibetan Studies in India program for scholarly study of Buddhism by students of our 5 area colleges. Tomorrow morning the Dalai Lama will address an audience of 5,000 Smith and Hampshire college students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Tibetan association at Smith College. Tickets have long been sold out, but his address will be televised locally. He will also be having a private gathering with over 1,000 members of the Tibetan community on Thursday.
ADDENDUM 22 May 07: Click here for a podcast of the Dalai Lama's address at Smith College