Franklin College religion professor David Carlson addresses an assembled crowd of people at the His Holiness the Dalai Lama Louisville campaign on Jan. 23 at the Drepung Gomang Institute in Louisville. Carlson is helping to plan a series of events and community service activities around the visit of the Dalai Lama on May 19 to 21. He is working with Franklin College students, staff and local religious leaders to head an Indiana contingent working during the event. SUBMITTED PHOTO
When the Dalai Lama comes to Louisville, Ky., this spring, he’ll bring his message of peace, understanding and compassion to thousands of people.
He’ll work to inspire people to serve the community and to step forward to support the hungry, the poor and the hurting. And at the center of that mission will be a contingent of Franklin College staff members and students aiming to spread the message.
A group of students, professors and local religious leaders will help with the celebration and events surrounding the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism’s highest authority in Louisville. They will plan local activities and community service projects in advance, cover the Dalai Lama’s presentations and use the appearance as a springboard to motivate others to change their communities.