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For First Time Since Brother’s Death, Dalai Lama Visits Indiana

The Dalai Lama returned to Bloomington this week for the first time since his brother’s death to share what he calls “a message of compassion.”

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The Dalai Lama says he plans to begin looking for his brother’s reincarnate as early as next year.

The Dalai Lama arrived in Bloomington Tuesday after waiting through a series of delayed flights to spend what would turn out to be a rainy week teaching on the Buddhist scripture the Heart Sutra at the Indiana University Auditorium.

The holy teacher said his sixth trip to Bloomington was a happy one despite the weather – perhaps because rain is said to carry auspicious meaning in Tibetan culture. But more so, the religious leader said, because being in his brother’s adopted home allowed him to remember his sibling and enjoy the efforts of an expanding Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center.

“Happy thing is, now this institution, this center here, is they carry various sort of special activities continuously and the specialty is very much alive here. And that means my late brother’s spirit still very much exist here. So I’m very happy,” he said.

The Dalai Lama says he plans to begin looking for his brother’s reincarnate as early as next year. But what will that investigation entail? His Holiness says that’s a mystery. Next the Dalai Lama will travel to Indianapolis to give a talk Friday at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

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