Installation as Presidential Distinguished Professor

Educating the Heart and Mind: A Path to Universal Responsibility

2007 Installation Event

The Installation and Inaugural Lecture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as Presidential Distinguished Professor

Monday, October 22, 2007 | 3:00–6:15 p.m. | Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama was installed as Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University in a vibrant ceremony including music, readings, and academic ceremonial traditions. This is the first and only university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Tibetan exile community.

Following the formal installation, the new Presidential Distinguished Professor delivered his inaugural lecture to Emory students, which was titled “Reality as Interdependence” and was based on Je Tsongkhapa’s rten-’brel bstod-pa, “In Praise of Relativity.”

An Invitation Accepted

The Dalai Lama accepted Emory’s invitation to be the Presidential Distinguished Professor in January 2007, marking a new chapter in the relationship between the two. His active participation in the Emory community will be an invaluable resource as Emory strives to bridge two worlds for one common humanity.

“I deeply value my close association with Emory Uni¬versity and have always appreciated Emory University’s leading role in developing innovative programs that draw on the strengths of Tibetan and western civilization for the mutual enrichment of our two traditions,” said the Dalai Lama in accepting the appointment.

“I firmly believe that education is an indispensable tool for the flourishing of human well-being and the creation of a just and peaceful society, and I am delighted to be able to make a small contribution in this regard through this appointment,” he added.

Emory’s Vision

James W. Wagner, President of Emory University wrote in a letter to the Dalai Lama, ”Since its inception, Emory has been committed to a broad vision for an education that would mold character as well as mind. Your Holiness’s own lifelong work and message so deeply resonate with this vision that I believe it is not accidental that we have formed such a close association. Your Holiness’s acceptance of the Presidential Distinguished Professorship will be a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to our faculty, staff, and students as we strive to realize this vision of educating both heart and mind for the greater good of humanity.”

As Presidential Distinguished Professor, the Dalai Lama will continue to provide private teaching sessions with students and faculty during Emory’s study abroad program in Dharamsala, India, as well as provide opportunities for the University community to attend his annual teachings.
He also will make periodic visits to Emory to participate in programs. Emory will establish a fellowship in the Dalai Lama’s name to fund annual scholarships for Tibetan students attending Emory’s undergraduate and graduate schools.


Part One

Tibetan Monks Chanting

Part Two

Academic Procession

Part Three

Welcome from President Wagner

Part Four

The Emory-Tibet Partnership

Part Five

Greetings from the Emory Community

Part Six

Installation Ceremony

Part Seven

Musical Interlude

Part Eight

Inaugural Address