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19january20102Tibet's globetrotting spiritual leader is scheduled to visit the United States in May and October of this year after visiting Los Angeles next month to raise awareness of the plight of institutionalized children, according to his official website and US media sources.

In addition, an empty schedule through 28 February leaves ample time for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's long anticipated meeting with US President Barack Obama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's official website, dalailama.com, shows that he will be visiting the US Midwest and New York from 12-23 May. The tour includes a two-day teaching on the Heart Sutra in Bloomington, Indiana; a public talk on "Facing Challenges with Compassion" in Indianapolis; a lecture on "The Power of Public Education", organized by the University of Northern Iowa; and three days of teachings and a final public talk in New York City, the hub for many of America's Tibetan Buddhist refugees.

His Holiness will return to the US for a different kind of educational event in October, the Oakland Tribune reported on Monday. According to the Tribune, Ravenswood City School District officials are already forming a planning committee to prepare for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit to Costaño Elementary School in East Palo Alto in October.

Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega told the Tribune, "He [the Dalai Lama] wants to meet with children".
She described, "There will be a receiving line and there will be a small group reception."

At a school board meeting last Thursday, board members Larry Moody and Saree Mading were appointed to help organize His Holiness's reception. De Vegas stated that educators will begin preparing the elementary students for the visit in May.

Further details of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's October trip are not yet posted on his official website.

The Tibetan leader visited the Bay Area on his tour last March, giving a public talk at the University of California at Berkeley, among other events. In October, his audience will be much younger, but hopefully no less captivated.

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