Dalai Lama speaking at Boston hotel and MIT


BOSTON (AP) - The Dalai Lama was to continue his round of appearances in Boston, with speaking engagements at a downtown hotel and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that are expected to draw protests from a group accusing him of human rights abuses and discrimination.

The Tibetan spiritual leader was scheduled to speak Friday morning at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel at a symposium organized by the Mind and Life Institute, a nonprofit organization that is focused on how scientific research and Buddhist teachings can provide insights into the human mind and condition.

The Dalai Lama then was to appear at MIT in Cambridge Friday afternoon for panel discussions, one of which was to be focused on how individual actions can help address major challenges like global warming and food security.

On Saturday, the Dalai Lama planned to talk about "educating the heart and mind" at the TD Garden. That event was being organized by the Tibetan Association of Boston.

He arrived in Boston Thursday to give a day-long teaching session at the Wang Centre for Performing Arts organized by the local Vietnamese Buddhist community.

The International Shugden Community, an umbrella organization that represents more than four million people practicing a number of Buddhist traditions, has been protesting throughout the Dalai Lama's visit to the U.S., which has included stops in Birmingham, Alabama, and Princeton, New Jersey.

The protesters say they have faced persecution and segregation because the Dalai Lama banned making prayers to Dorje Shugden, a Buddhist deity.

The Dalai Lama was set to wrap up his U.S. trip with stops in New York City from Sunday to Tuesday.

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