Dalai Lama brings the dharma [Live Video]

This weekend, the Dalai Lama's intrepid travels have brought him to Minnesota, home to the second-largest Tibetan population in the United States.

The holy leader will be in town today through Sunday, and has a pretty busy schedule planned. After meeting with the press tomorrow morning, he'll speak to a crowd of students at the University of St. Thomas, then to a dialogue on Buddism in China. Sunday, he'll be speaking at the University of Minnesota. More details here.

It's been about a decade since the Dalai Lama came to Minnesota, so expect to fight the crowds if you want to see him in person.

Otherwise, check out the live feeds below:

Saturday @ 9:45-11:00 a.m. Speaking at St. Thomas
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Saturday @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. "The Revival of Buddhism in China and Its Implications"
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Sunday @ 9-11:30 a.m. Speaking at the U of M
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At an appearance at the University of Southern California earlier this week, the Dalai Lama found himself in a no-win scenario when someone asked him for his take on the killing of Osama bin Laden. For a guy that travels the world preaching the value of a living things, that's a tough one.

Here's what the Dalai Lama said, according to his website:

In his response, His Holiness emphasised the need to find a distinction between the action and the actor. He said in the case of Bin Laden, his action was of course destructive and the September 11 events killed thousands of people. So his action must be brought to justice, His Holiness said.

So does that mean the ultimate peace advocate condones the killing? It certainly sounds like it. But according to the holy PR machine, that's not what he meant:

But with the actor we must have compassion and a sense of concern, he added. His Holiness said therefore the counter measure, no matter what form it takes, has to be compassionate action. His Holiness referred to the basis of the practice of forgiveness saying that it, however, did not mean that one should forget what has been done.

The Dalai Lama's visit comes a month after announcing he would hand over his political power to a successor. Lobsang Sangay was elected as prime minister last week.

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