Tibetan Peace Flag-Making at Middlebury College Library

October 1-14

Students and the whole Middlebury community are invited to the Davis Family Library to make Tibetan Peace Flags that will decorate the building for the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  This is a chance to share your message of peace, thanksgiving and good will with the Dalai Lama and our whole community.  Come and write your wishes, thoughts and prayers, or express your feelings by drawing or decorating your flag.  

Tables with flag-making supplies will be set up in the library lobby from Oct. 1-14.   Flags will be on display in the library throughout October.



At the conclusion of His Holiness's remarks on October 12 and 13, there will be a time for questions.

His Holiness will answer only those questions that have been submitted in advance.  To have your question considered for selection, please send it by e-mail to with the subject line: HHDL Q & A.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born on 6 July 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet.  At the age of two the child, who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.  The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet.  Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.

For more information, please visit his official website.


Please carefully read the following guidelines for attending the Dalai Lama’s talks.

Regarding Your Ticket
•    Tickets are non-replaceable – Be sure to keep your ticket in a safe place that you will remember.

What to Bring
•    Your Ticket
•    Your College ID (if you are a Middlebury College student)
•    Cash – If you wish to purchase a light snack in the event facility.  
•    You may bring your cell phone, but kindly turn it to silent mode.
•    Any purse or bag must be smaller than 9” x 11”

•    A line to form outside Nelson, prepare for weather.
•    Delays due to security restrictions.
•    A security screening not unlike passing through airport security.
•    Allowed items and small bags are subject to search by security personnel.
•    No storage is  available for prohibited items.
•    Early arrivals to have the best choice of seating.
•    Water and restrooms will be available once you have passed through security.

Please Note
•    Friday, October 12:  Doors open at 11:45 AM and close at 1:15 PM.
•    Saturday, October 13: Doors open at 7:00 AM and close at 9:00 AM.
•    No late arrivals.  No re-entry.
•    Ticketholders who have not passed through security when doors close will be directed to overflow seating at McCullough Social Space and Dana Auditorium for live videocast.
•    Please refrain from solicitation (fliers/brochures). Failure to comply with these measures will result in removal from the venue.

If you have special accessibility needs or require ADA accommodations, please email by October 1st.

Strictly prohibited:
•    Aerosol sprays, mace or pepper spray
•    Ammunition (either real or simulated), firearms or weapons of any kind
•    Animals (other than service animals)
•    Audio or video recorders
•    Bags, backpacks, or purses larger than 9” x 11”
•    Bottles, cans, coolers, plastic water bottles (Nalgenes), thermal or glass containers

•    Computers, laptops, or tablets
•    Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
•    Food and beverages

•    Knives, blades or sharp objects (of any length)
•    Laser pointers, pocket or hand tools (such as Leatherman tools)

•    Packages, large bags or suitcases

•    Posters, signs and placards
•    Professional cameras (cameras with detachable or long lenses)
•    Sticks, poles, or umbrellas
•    Strollers

•    And any other items at the discretion of the security screeners that may pose a potential safety hazard.

Submitting Questions
At the conclusion of his remarks, there will be a time for questions.
His Holiness will answer only those questions that have been submitted in advance.  To have your question considered for selection, please send it by e-mail to with the subject line: HHDL Q & A.

People attending the Dalai Lama event on October 13, 2012 will be able to park and walk from many of the nearby and remote College parking lots.  Parking must be in accordance with College policy and the Town of Middlebury parking rules.  Anyone with parking questions should email Public Safety at and title the message “Parking for Dalai Lama."  Please allow up to 20 minutes to walk to Nelson Arena; there is no parking at Nelson Arena (except for those with handicapped permits). 


What is a Dalai Lama and Who is the 14th Dalai Lama? The Buddhist Historical Context.

Friday, October 5, 2012

12:15-1:30 p.m.

Dana Auditorium

Professor of Religion William Waldron explains the uniquely Tibetan Buddhist institution of the Dalai Lamas—what a Dalai Lama is and what makes the current one so remarkable—in the context of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist history.


Steering Committee
Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Personal Peace Emissary for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Laurie Jordan, Chaplain of the College
Ellen McKay, Administrative Program Coordinator, Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life

Debby Anderson, Box Office Coordinator
Lisa Ayers, Director, Events Management
Daniela Barajas ’14
Marjeela Basij-Rasikh ’15
Kathryn Benson ’13
Matthew Biette, Director, Dining Services
JJ Boggs, Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities & Orientation
Mariam Boxwala ’13
Pieter Broucke, Director of the Arts, Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Elizabeth Burchard, Associate Dean of the College, Director of Public Safety
Louisa Burnham, Associate Professor of History
Jeffrey Cason, Dean of International Programs, Knox Professor of International Studies and Political Science
James Davis, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Religion
Chime Dolma ’12
David Donahue, Special Assistant to the President
Tim Etchells, Executive Director of Communications
Melake Getabecha '13
Scott Gilman '15
Rebecca Gould, Associate Professor of Religion
Blake Harper ’15
Jon Isham, Professor of Economics
Damascus Kafumbe, Assistant Professor of Music
Caroline Kahlenberg '14
Chessy Kelly, Buddhist Meditation Instructor and Liaison to the Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden
David Kloepfer, Student Activities Program and Events Manager
Jeffrey Lunstead, Diplomat in Residence
Petar Mitrevski, Media and Technology Services Manager
Sarah Ray, Director of Public Affairs
Leah Robinson '13
Linda Ross, Assistant Director, Custodial Services
Adam Sawamura '13
Jakob Terwitte ’13
William Waldron, Professor of Religion