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His Holiness the Dalai Lama being greeted by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as he arrives at Kurukulla Center, Medford, Mass., October 16, 2012. Photo by Devin Jones.

FPMT students in the Boston area of the United States had a busy week with visits by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Kurukulla Center near Boston welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 1,800 guests for a teaching event on Tuesday afternoon, October 16. The event, which took place at their center in Medford, Massachusetts, required months of planning to accommodate His Holiness and the large audience. Backyard fences were removed, a big tent rented and chairs and bleachers were brought in to seat everyone. The cooperation in the neighborhood drew the attention of the Boston Globe, which published a story reporting on the preparations, and also New England Cable News, which had a live report on the event. [Other media coverage includes a story on the Medford Patch and a Boston Globe follow-up story.]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Kurukulla Center, October 16, 2012. Photo by Devin Jones.

Kurukulla Center offered a live video stream of the event, which was seen by over a thousand. (If you missed the live stream, you can watch the recorded video online.) During his address, His Holiness took time to specially address the Tibetan community in attendance. According to DalaiLama.com, His Holiness said to the audience in Tibetan that “that more than 50 years in exile is a long time in an individual’s life, but is not so long in terms of a people’s struggle for freedom. He admired the way Tibetans in exile have preserved their language and culture, informed as it is by Buddhist ideas. Meanwhile, the spirit of Tibetans in Tibet remains strong, all of which gives real grounds for hope.”

At the end of the event, the Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn gave His Holiness a key to the city and made him an honorary citizen. It was His Holiness’ second visit to Medford. You can see more photos from the day on Kurukulla’s Facebook page.

On Wednesday morning, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who also attended His Holiness’ teaching at Kurukulla Center, gave a lam-rim teaching at Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. The teaching is now available on YouTube. Kurukulla Center also welcome Rinpoche on Wednesday evening, hosting an event for him.

UPDATE: His Holiness also visited Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where members of Milarepa Center were able to met with him.

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