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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

PBS show explores Lourdes' 150th anniversary and Tibetan Buddhist leader

July 12, 2008

By Tom Heinen
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jul 10 2008, 04:08 PM

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" -- which got word this week that Lilly
Endowment renewed funding for the award-winning PBS newsmagazine's
12th season to the tune of $6.25 million for 2008-'09 -- has two
interesting pieces on its program this coming Sunday.

The cover story, on Lourdes' 150th anniversary, looks at the
religious significance of the historic village and Marian shrine in
southwestern France.

Then, in an exclusive U.S. interview, Kim Lawton talks with
23-year-old Karmapa Lama about his role as Tibetan Buddhism's second
highest-ranking spiritual leader. That could be of particular
interest to viewers in Wisconsin because the Dalai Lama is coming to
Madison to give a public talk and four days of teaching July 19-24 in
the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center. It will
conclude with a rare and elaborate "long life prayer offering" to the
Dalai Lama, described by organizers as the first of its kind to be
performed in the Western Hemisphere. Known as a tenshug in Tibetan,
it is an elaborate Tibetan Buddhist ritual that expresses devotion to
and appreciation of a spiritual teacher. For more information or to
buy tickets log on to the event site or to the Deer Park Buddhist
Center site., or

Milwaukee Public Television lists the program as airing Sunday at
6:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on WMVS-TV (Channel 10) and at 4:30 p.m. on
WMVT-TV (Channel 36). The shows are hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy.
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