The Dalai Lama is coming to Raleigh.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama plans to visit in mid-October, Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Friday. Her announcement comes less than a month after she visited the Dalai Lama in India.
During the trip, which McFarlane said she paid for herself, the mayor and other locals tried to convince the Dalai Lama to include Raleigh on his list of stops in the United States later this year. The details still need to be worked out, she said.
“He’ll do a big public event and talk to people,” McFarlane said, adding that he may be available for other smaller events. “We’ll provide more details as we work it out.”
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The city recently hosted an event where locals could make Tibetan prayer flags for McFarlane to deliver to the Dalai Lama, a Buddhist spiritual leader. He appreciated them, McFarlane said, and looks forward to coming.
The region’s reputation for scientific and health care research played a role in the Dalai Lama’s decision, she said.
“He’s really interested in scientific research, the mind-body intersection,” McFarlane said.
“He’s very funny and engaging,” she added. “He talks like he’s just a regular guy. People will be surprised by his sense of humor.”