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The Dalai Lama coming to Loyola

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Loyola Community,

On April 26, 2012, His Holiness The Dalai Lama will return to Chicago and we are pleased to announce that Loyola University Chicago will serve as the host site for his visit. The sponsor of The Dalai Lama’s visit, the TIBETcenter of Chicago, will bring him to campus for a morning event with area 11th grade students who are participating in an essay contest focused on the theme of nonviolence.

Additionally, a University coordinating committee is planning a special afternoon program for Loyola students, faculty, staff, and alumni that will feature an address by The Dalai Lama. Details of the Loyola program, which will place a special emphasis on the theme of interfaith collaboration, will be forthcoming over the next couple of months.

It is a great honor for Loyola to have the opportunity to partner with the TIBETcenter of Chicago in hosting His Holiness The Dalai Lama. We look forward to your participation in his visit and encourage you to visit the TIBETcenter’s website for additional information on their event. Details of the Loyola-specific afternoon program will be posted on LUC.edu and Inside Loyola in the coming weeks.


Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO

  • By Paula on 11.4.2011 at 2:28 pm

    Yes, great honor! but will students have to pay the $40 and up ticket price to attend the lecture?

  • By Quinn on 11.4.2011 at 3:26 pm

    Small price to pay to see one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time if you ask me. I’m so proud to be at a University that hosts something as exciting as this!

  • By Ange on 11.4.2011 at 5:11 pm

    I’m down to fly out there for his lecture. Thank you, Loyola!

  • By Craig Davis on 11.5.2011 at 2:35 pm

    Can non-Loyola students attend? The tibetcenter link does not give details or even note this event as of today, 05NOV11, 1435hrs.

  • By Jessica on 11.7.2011 at 11:17 am

    I am also interested in the details of this lecture in regard to cost. I agree that $40 is a small price to pay for such an incredible experience. However, the life of a graduate student often does not include an additional $40 to enjoy such events… Please give more details. I would love to attend!

  • By Steve Christensen on 11.7.2011 at 11:27 am

    For those that may have missed the TIBETcenter’s press release on their website, it is available at http://www.tibetcenterchicago.org/PRESS_RELEASE.html.

    As for details of Loyola’s afternoon program, per the story above, that information will be finalized in the coming weeks.

  • By Elvis Veizi on 11.7.2011 at 11:40 am

    This is amazing! Good job to all the Loyola individuals that played a role in ensuring that we would host this incredible man! Thank you!

  • By Elma Saxon on 11.8.2011 at 9:46 pm

    I am so excited! I’ve always wanted to attend one of Dalai Lama’s lectures. This is a wonderful event. Can’t wait! Great job Loyola!

  • By Tenzin Youdon on 11.16.2011 at 10:01 am

    I am so happy to hear about his visit!! As a tibetan attending loyola, I am elated to hear that we are the host site =). I attended his lecture on interfaith collaboration at UIC last year and it was so inspiring. Great treat for Loyola!

  • By Ray on 11.23.2011 at 2:37 pm

    A bit tough to understand why a Jesuit Catholic University would have this program. As our beloved St. Paul wrote about the unity of our faith in Ephesians 4:1-6 specifically v6.

  • By Mr. X on 11.28.2011 at 10:23 am

    The Dalai Lama more often visits Indiana University if anyone wants to know more or see him.

  • By Aaron on 11.28.2011 at 5:47 pm

    Nothing against the Dalai Lama, but why is he referred to as “His Holiness” by a Catholic priest? Isn’t that the Pope’s title, let alone a person, regardless of how spiritually “enlightened” he might be, who isn’t even a follower of the faith you profess? Don’t let Benedict find out!

  • By Emilio Campos Jr. on 12.4.2011 at 3:08 pm

    Can someone please tell me where we can pay for tickets?

  • By John on 12.5.2011 at 4:32 am

    This is an awesome opportunity. What is blatantly nauseating is a “nominal fee” for anyone to see a religious leader, no less one that has taken a strict vow of poverty. I assure you, there is no “nominal fee” included in the quest to achieve enlightenment. Lest we forget, the master himself cast the merchants out of the temple.

    Long story short: Suggest donation only.

  • By Ryan on 12.11.2011 at 5:35 pm

    What happened to Christians praying for the conversion of non-believers? I have no doubt that Buddhists are sincere in their quest for Truth, “but how can they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?” -Rom 10:14. Christians are failing in their Baptismal duty to bring the light of Christ to those in darkness.

  • By Nicole Charky on 12.13.2011 at 10:06 am

    This looks like such an awesome event. Any idea yet what alums would pay? I’m in LA but I’d fly back for this.

  • By Eva on 12.20.2011 at 1:29 pm

    I don’t care much about the price, but rather how many people will possibly have a chance to attend this event?

  • By Derek on 12.23.2011 at 5:13 pm

    Why is a CATHOLIC university hosting a provincial Buddhist leader? Aren’t Catholic universities supposed to teach students about Christ? How “nice” it is of “us” Catholics to always be the ones to bend to other people’s false belief systems.

  • By Mike Dardano on 12.29.2011 at 2:11 pm

    Derek, your ignorance is appalling. I’m a Loyola student that happens to be atheist and I still believe that this is a wonderful event. The Dalai Lama, regardless of his religious agenda, is a promoter or peace and unity among all peoples. His message is overwhelmingly positive and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that he’s about as non-threatening as it gets. I was raised Catholic, I currently attend a Jesuit institution and I have never been taught to be so disrespectful of others. If I took anything out of Christianity, it was the ‘Golden Rule’ which would not allow for any of this behavior. You should be ashamed of yourself as you obviously do not even understand the true purpose of the religion that you have chosen for yourself.

  • By Diana on 12.29.2011 at 4:20 pm

    Derek, education is non-denominational. As someone who is a Christian and whose been to one of the dalai lama’s lectures, so are his teachings. Any real Christian, and human being, would know that faith is not about sects and “us-ness” vs “other-ness”, but about oneness and repect between nations and people.

    Are students able to reserve tickets for this event?

  • By David on 1.2.2012 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, Derek, that’s just sad. There is great synergy between Buddhism and Christianity — compassion in particular. The belief that any one religion has a monopoly on truth is a major source of tension in the world.

  • By Heidi Russell on 1.10.2012 at 10:52 am

    In terms of the teaching of the Catholic Church regarding Buddhism (and Hinduism in this passage), please see Nostra Aetate, paragraph 2: “Religions, however, that are bound up with an advanced culture have struggled to answer the same questions by means of more refined concepts and a more developed language. Thus in Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Again, Buddhism, in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination. Likewise, other religions found everywhere try to counter the restlessness of the human heart, each in its own manner, by proposing “ways,” comprising teachings, rules of life, and sacred rites. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all men. ”
    As a Catholic professor at LUC, I am extremely proud that Loyola is sponsoring this event, and I will be honored to attend it and be in the presence of one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time who has tirelessly advocated for peace in the world.

  • By Joe Lempa on 1.24.2012 at 8:53 am

    I am disappointed at the egocentric language some have employed towards those who have questioned this Dalai Lama issue – your assessments of others as “ignorant” and your empty titles serve no one but your sense of self. Please remember it was a humble carpenter who rode a donkey that constitutes the ultimate genesis for this forum in the first place…

    Having said that, it may surprise many to know: The hardships and exclusions brought about through the Dalai Lama’s oppression of the Dorje Shugden; Ties to the CIA; Accounts of violence; A level of wealth and privilege that even includes regular use of one of the Pritzker families jets, even through Signature Aviation at Midway Airport. Although very vogue in this day and age of (mere) image, perhaps this brand of theocracy is incongruent with the example upon which Loyola was founded.

  • By Derek on 1.30.2012 at 1:54 pm

    How can you say that education is non-denominational? If a Muslim came to Loyola and preached jihad, people would be up in arms. However, when a Buddhist arrives, people praise him with limitless excitement. The end result of false belief is the same. How can people be so blind?

  • By Derek on 2.5.2012 at 11:53 pm

    Why do Atheists, in particular, love the Dalai Lama? Is it because something in Buddhism lends itself to materialism, the secular world, or an over-focus on the well-being of the self at the exclusion of others? Sounds like a case of contradicting belief systems to me.

  • By Lizette on 2.7.2012 at 4:54 pm

    My son is a student in Loyola Chicago. I would like to attend this event with him. How do we go about getting tickets.

    Thank you,

    Lizette perez
    Lizetteperez@hotmail.com 513-349-4653

  • By Lizette on 2.7.2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’d like to attend this event with my son who is a student at your school.

    please let me know how to get tickets.


    Lizette Perez

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  • By dar on 2.11.2012 at 6:49 pm

    Do you, Derek, hold exclusive possession of the \Ultimate Knowledge\? How do you KNOW your \Catholic\ belief system is the only whole and virtuous one?

  • By edward on 2.12.2012 at 5:13 pm

    To Derek:
    Why must the catholic church interject itself in state issues and people must blink just because a catholic says it! Separation of church and state! God Bless Those WIth Sincerity in their Hearts. God Bless USA!
    peace be with you!

  • By Loui on 2.15.2012 at 4:11 pm

    Does Derek even go to this school? If he does I don’t think he belongs here. Please transfer Derek because you are a disgrace to the loyola community.

  • By Kimberly Perez-Campos on 2.17.2012 at 12:18 pm

    Please respond as soon as possible…as an alum and now staff member at a small priviate High School and who has recently attended the Nikki Giovanni function with students. We are very much interested in having the opportunity to participate in visiting the Dalami Lama.

    Our school was a feature on NPR discussing religion…G.C.E (Global Citizenship Experience) High School, 1535 North Dayton St, Chicago IL. 60642 Phone num. 312-643-0991 . Please contact me or the Dirictor: Eric Davis at eric.davis@gcechicago.com

  • By Teresa on 2.19.2012 at 12:21 pm

    I do understand your frustration Derek, it is a difficult time to be a faithful Catholic whether in an academic setting or a mom at home raising a faithful Catholic family. It is not “sad” or “ignorance” or “appalling” when we stand up for Christ and His church…and we do happily in all areas of life, our faith is not left in the pew on Sunday. But do rejoice in our rich and beautiful faith…as Ms. Russell stated read Nostra Aetate..it is a beautiful document by Pope Paul VI. Be at peace, fight the good fight and always keep your eyes on Christ…He love you very much.


  • By Gabe Gomez on 3.4.2012 at 12:53 pm

    Are Loyola medical students considered members of the LUC community? Because we have a 3 hour long exam scheduled right in the middle of the Dalai Lama’s address. Did someone forget about us?