32 Years After First Visit, 'A Simple Monk' Returns
By Nathan Eagle 04/12/2012
Friday will mark the Dalai Lama's fourth official visit to Hawaii.
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet traveled to the Isles in 1980, 1994 and 2007. While the foundation of each trip remained constant — talks and stops at historic and cultural sites — the number of people who flocked to hear his teachings multiplied.
This trend is expected to continue when the Dalai Lama returns to Honolulu. Thousands are expected to attend the two public events Saturday and Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center, with many more participating in various programs around the island over the weekend and Monday.
Despite his soaring fame and growing worldwide audience, the Dalai Lama's message has remained on point and he still considers himself "a simple Buddhist monk."