By Tendar Tsering
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is invited to join the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to celebrate the Tibetan new year which falls on March first.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Minnesota and celebrate the upcoming new year with us,” said Namgyal Dorjee, president of the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.
According to the Tibetan American Foundation, Governor Mark Dayton is also invited to celebrate the Tibetan new year. Earlier, the governor who has good relationship with Beijing had tried to stay away from making any public appearance with the Dalai Lama.
“Tibetan Prime Minister Dr. Lobsang Sangay will also be here during the celebration,” said Namgyal.
The Tibetan spiritual leader used to visit Minnesota almost every year for health check up, but this is the first time that he is going to join the Tibetan Americans to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan new year.
“Celebrating new year with His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) is a blessing and I am very positive that this new year will be a very meaningful year for all us,” said Tenzin Rapten, a Tibetan American who works at United Hospital in Minneapolis.
Before celebrating the new year with the Tibetan Americans on March 2, the Tibetan spiritual leader is scheduled to attend the 26 annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum at the Minneapolis Convention Center organized by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Augsburg college according to the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India.
After attending the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the Dalai Lama will give a talk on the “nature of happiness, fulfilment and embodiment” at Macalester college in the same city.
Following the events in Minnesota, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Washington D.C. before flying back to his exile home in India.
Tendar Tsering is a freelance journalist based in Fridley, Minnesota. Previously he worked with International Business Times and Headlines and Global News.