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Dalai Lama to headline Newark Peace Education Summit at NJPAC

DalaiLama020311_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At an appearance in Minnesota this past weekend, the Dalai Lama said the killing of Osama bin Laden was understandable, but it saddened him because of his commitment to non-violence.

He told KSTP, "Dialogue is the only way. When you use violence, even though your goal is justified ... unexpected sort of consequences often happen.”

On Friday, the Dalai Lama will headline a three-day peacemaking summit in Newark at the Performing Arts Center.

Time reports that the Dalai Lama’s trip to the U.S. was his first since he resigned as political leader of the Tibetan movement in exile. The Dalai Lama’s pacifistic approach in pursuing autonomy for Tibet is similar to his statements about bin Laden. But the Chinese government has long insulted the Dalai Lama, calling him, such things as "a wolf in monk's robes."  The 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959. He now lives in India.

According to the Los Angeles Times, another Dalai Lama speech in California last week was called "Secular Ethics, Human Values and Society," He spoke about the importance of religious tolerance, and many religions’ shared values. He said "this happy life is not a religious concept,” and said happiness is a secular concept, so "our aim is secular."

NJ.com reports this peace conference has been two years in the works and was created by Drew Katz, a philanthropist and Cherry Hill native, and Robert Thurman, the first American to be ordained a Buddhist monk.

Organizers expect over 3,000 people to visit the summit. It will have 106 speakers, ranging from actors Edward Norton and Goldie Hawn to Earl "Street Doctor" Best and Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris.

According to newarkpeace.org, the Newark Peace Education Summit will focus on peacemaking practices from around the world, and feature panels and workshops with the Dalai Lama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Somaly Mam, among others. It will be held at the NJPAC on May 13-15, 2011.

 

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