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After IIM-A, Dalai Lama set to impart lessons at IIM Indore

June 11, 2009

By Phurbu Thinley


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Dharamsala, June 10, 2009: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is visiting the IIM Indore campus to deliver a speech on “Compassion and Non Violence” today.


The Dalai Lama will be received by the Director of IIM Indore, who will then deliver a welcome speech for the esteemed guest,, a leading Indian Management portal, reported.


The hour-long lecture, scheduled to start at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, will be followed by a question and answer session.


According to the report, the IIM Indore has “handed out strict guidelines for all those attending the event to ensure maximum security”.


“He is a man of peace and in 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognised for his concern for global environmental problems,” the report said of the exiled Tibetan leader.


In January Last year, His Holiness became the first spiritual leader to give lectures to students of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), where he delivered a lecture on management and leadership qualities to the students of the prestigious management institute.


Since 1959, the Dalai Lama, who will turn 73 next month, has been living in exile in the northern Indian town of Daharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-Exile, after Chinese communist forces took full control over his Himalayan homeland.


Since then, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who is being revered by Tibetans as their undisputed leader, has been leading a non-violent peaceful struggle to restore freedom in Tibet.


In doing so, he has received several prestigious awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, including the Nobel Peace Prize and Magsaysay awards in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. In October 2007, he was awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honour. He has also been made honorary citizens of several countries and cities around the world, and is often referred to as “the most famous refugee” in the world.


He has also authored more than 72 books, including "My Tibet", "Kindness, Clarity and Insight" and "The Union of Bliss & Emptiness", “The Universe in a Single Atom - The Convergence of Science and Spirituality”, “The Power of Compassion”, “Freedom in Exile”, “My Land and My People” and “Universal Responsibility and the Good Heart”.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama travels widely in different parts of the world “to promote human values and inter religious harmony”, which he says are two of his key commitments in life. And, until the Tibet issue is resolved meaningfully, the Dalai Lama says his responsibility “to act as a free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice” will remain his third commitment.

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