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April 17, 2006
Contact: Victor Bailey, director of the Hall Center, (785) 864-7822.

Associates of Dalai Lama to present program on Tibetan medicine and politics

LAWRENCE — Two of the Dalai Lama’s personal associates will discuss “The Tibetan Ways of Medicine and Politics” at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Hall Center’s Conference Hall.

Dr. Dawa Dolma, the Dalai Lama’s physician, will address Tibetan medicine. She is the director of research and development at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in Dharamsala, India, site of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

Ngawangdhondup Narkyid, the Dalai Lama’s official biographer and a former Tibetan monk official, will speak about his work for the government-in-exile and for the Dalai Lama. He has taught at universities throughout the world and is the inventor of the Tibetan typewriter. Narkyid is also considered a hero for his part in the March 20, 1959, uprising against the Chinese.

“This event is a rare chance to hear from two native experts about Tibetan medicine, a unique tradition of mind-body healing that traces its roots back some 1,200 years, and about Tibet’s current political situation and recent history,” said Eric Rath, associate professor of history and organizer of the lecture.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies and the departments of East Asian languages and cultures and history. For more information, contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or (785) 864-4798.

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