By Marilee Wertlake
Geshe Sopa La, WI State Senate President Senator Fred Risser, Rep. Joe Parisi, North American Tibetan Association Tenshug coordinator Tashi Namgyal La and WI Tibetan Association president Lobsang Tenzin La at the Airport to recieve His Holiness.
Madison, WI, July 18 - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was warmly greeted at the Madison airport by a number of dignitaries including Wisconsin State Senate President Fred Risser, Director and Abbot of Deer Park Buddhist Center Geshe Llundup Sopa, NATA Coordinator Tashi Namgyal, and President of the Wisconsin Tibetan Association, Lobsang Tenzin,
Mayor of Madison Dave Cieslewicz and the Common Council showed their support by honoring the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama by voting to fly the Tibetan flag above the City-County Building for the entirety of His Holiness’ stay in Wisconsin.
His Holiness is in Madison for seven busy days that will culminate on the last day with an auspicious
The Tibetan National flag flies over the City County building.
tenshug (Long Life Prayer Offering) for him. Saturday will see him consecrating the new Deer Park Buddhist Center temple in the morning and in the afternoon he will be giving a public talk at the Alliant Energy Center. (Side by side on the Coliseum’s grounds, the Dane County Junior Fair is being held with farm animals raised by youth, an amusement park, carnival food and helicopter rides.)
Waiting expectantly at Deer Park for His Holiness to arrive was a large audience of people of all ages and nationalities. Once his car arrived, the crowd quietly stepped up to the long driveway to greet His Holiness. Stepping out of the car with a smile, His Holiness slowly walked the long driveway, greeting people, stopping to talk in Tibetan with some, shaking hands, all the while smiling. At the top of the driveway, he was greeted by dancers in snow lion costumes, conch shells sounding, singers singing people. The last the audience could see of His Holiness, he was under a golden umbrella being greeted by members of the monastery.
Members of students of Wisconsin Tibetan cultural school welcoming His Holiness by offering traditional Drotsol Chemar
In the coming week, His Holiness will give teachings on Sunday – Wednesday. He will also perform an Initiation on Wednesday, followed by the historic tenshug on Thursday. The tenshug for His Holiness on Thursday will be followed by dance and other cultural performances.(Photos by Sherab Lhatsang)