The Dalai Lama has postponed his Raleigh visit from October to April, citing travel schedule conflicts.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Wednesday the city is working to nail down specific dates for His Holiness to arrive in Raleigh.
“We appreciate how extensive His Holiness’ travel schedule is and we look forward to sharing with him and the world the beauty of Raleigh in the springtime,” McFarlane said.
The mayor announced the Dalai Lama’s plans to see Raleigh less than a month after her own trip to India, where she and other locals persuaded His Holiness to include Raleigh on his list of U.S. stops.
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The Triangle’s reputation for scientific and health care research played a role in the Dalai Lama’s decision. “He’s really interested in scientific research, the mind-body intersection,” McFarlane said at the time. “He’ll do a big public event and talk to people.”
Dalai Lama is a title granted to spiritual leaders of the Tibetan people.
Born to a humble farming family in 1935, he was recognized as a reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama at age 2. Forced into exile in 1959, he has sought Tibet’s liberation from China and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.