European-American Lama Leads Buddhist Celebration

May 5, 2001

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 5, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Lama Jinpa Tharchin, who "is certainly a rarity, a Buddhist lama who grew up [as a Roman Catholic] in Overland and University City. Jinpa will be the main the second annual Vesak Day celebration at the Chinese Buddhist monastery in Augusta. His appearance is another measure of the maturing role of European-Americans among the nation's five million Buddhists...Vesak Day marks the birthday of Buddha."