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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama To Lead Environmental Summit in Portland

At the invitation of Maitripa College and its founder and president, Yangsi Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will return to Portland, to join with leaders from the environmental, scientific, policy and faith communities for an Environmental Summit on May 9 & 11. Maitripa College is the host of the Portland visit.

Founded in 2006, Maitripa College is the first Tibetan Buddhist school of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, and its mission is direct – to develop the good heart through scholarship, meditation and service. The college hopes the connections made through the environmental summit will carry His Holiness’ message of promoting universal human values and fostering inter-religious harmony to a larger audience, especially within the context of our shared environment.

The summit could not be timelier – 2012 was the hottest year in recorded history. It was also a year which included record drought across the Midwest and the devastation of the Northeast coast by Hurricane Sandy. At a time when so many feel paralyzed in the face of intensifying environmental degradation, Maitripa’s president seeks to empower individuals and communities to create change.
Lobsang Nyandak, representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the Americas, and Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College president, check the Maitripa College meditation hall seating capacity and staging plans, for a private event.

Lobsang Nyandak, representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the Americas, and Yangsi Rinpoche, Maitripa College president, check the Maitripa College meditation hall seating capacity and staging plans, for a private event.

“As we face the environmental issues before us, solutions will come through awareness and individual responsibility,” said Yangsi Rinpoche. “The purpose of the Dalia Lama Environmental Summit is not to focus on all that is wrong, but to inspire ourselves and future generations to act in a positive way for the environment.”

“Individual responsibility arises from individual inspiration, formed and catalyzed by spirituality, philosophy and policy,” he said. “Therefore, this summit is designed as a platform for these three areas, all driving forces of action on this planet.”
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