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Emory University welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a three-day visit to the university from October 20-22, 2007. His Holiness accepted Emory's offer of a Presidential Distinguished Professorship, and his visit to the university included his installment in this position and his inaugural lecture.
His Holiness's visit included a one-day conference on science and spirituality co-hosted by the Mind & Life Institute with leading scientists and contemplatives from the university and across the country on Saturday, October 20, and an interfaith summit on religion as a source of conflict and a resource for peace-building on Sunday, October 21. His Holiness also gave a free public talk in downtown Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park on Monday afternoon, October 22.
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.”
The first Emory Summit on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding examined whether the religions of the world can work together to reduce violent conflict and build peaceful, pluralistic societies. As we witness an escalation of global violence invoking religion, this question is more challenging than ever. This conference featured one religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in conversation with religious leaders from the Hindu, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions.
How are these communities making peace differently, and how are they developing new models from their own peacemaking experiences—whether it be in Khartoum, Jerusalem, London, or Delhi? And how are people addressing this issue “on the ground” in cities and in neighborhoods? What are the best local peacemaking practices in places affected by religious violence? Can religion also be a source of community renewal and a force to promote the common good in such area
Emory University presented an afternoon with His Holiness the Dalai Lama with special musical guests and activities. The Dalai Lama delivered a public talk titled “Educating the Heart and Mind: A Path to Universal Responsibility.”