Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that the Dalai Lama, who had been scheduled to visit Louisville during the April Festival of Faiths, had to postpone his trip, citing a need to “rest and revitalize.”
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, a Tibetan Buddhist dharma center, hosted the Dalai Lama in Louisville in 2013. On his return visit, the Dalai Lama was to address the public the Yum! Center on Sunday, April 23 and at a large youth event on Monday, April 24.
Penpa Tsering, the Dalai Lama’s representative for North America, said the Dalai Lama had been asked to scale back his extensive travel schedule for the next few months.
“We express our deepest apologies for this inconvenience,” Penpa Tsering said in a news release. “We deeply value our relationship with the Compassionate City of Louisville and look forward to a return visit.”
Mayor Fischer said, “We are saddened that His Holiness is unable to make the trip, but we remain heartened by his desire to reschedule a visit to Louisville, and by his continuing encouragement of our city’s compassion efforts.”
The rest of the Festival of Faiths will go on as planned, said Sarah Reed Harris, executive director for the Center for Interfaith Relations, which hosts the annual festival.
On Thursday, UC San Diego announced that the Dalai Lama would be the commencement speaker for 2017 on June 17.