Source: Boston Globe
On May 18, 2003 the Boston Globe reported that "Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, more commonly known as the Dalai Lama, is planning a four-day visit to Greater Boston in September as part of his first trip to Massachusetts in five years... The Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning spiritual and political leader of the Tibetan people, is planning to bless a new temple in Medford that has become a religious center for Boston's small community of Tibetans, and will participate in a two-day conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with scientists who have been attempting to quantify the effects of meditation by monitoring Buddhists' brains. The Dalai Lama also plans to meet with students and faculty at Harvard, and to give a public talk to as many as 13,000 at the FleetCenter... The Sept. 12-15 visit to Boston is part of a sweep through the United States that will also take the Dalai Lama to San Francisco, Bloomington, Ind., Washington, D.C., and New York City. Scholars say the Dalai Lama has maintained a heavy travel schedule in recent decades in an effort not only to teach Buddhism, but also to call attention to the plight of the Tibetan people, many of whom have been living in exile since an unsuccessful revolt against China in 1959."