His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be teaching in Toulouse, France on August 13-15, 2001. HH Dalai Lama will be giving a talk on Shantarakshita’s Ornament for the Middle Way.
Shantarakshita was known for bringing together the traditions of the the Madyamika tradition of Nagarjuna with the Yogacara tradition of Asanga, becoming the Yogacara-Svatantrika Madyamika. He was also an abbot of the great Indian Buddhist Monastic University Nalanda, and his work represents the last great development of Buddhist philosophy in India.
If you’re in France during this time, maybe this is a good time to sign up as a volunteer. I’ve never personally met HH Dalai Lama, but I think if I did, it would either happen if I went to India during a smaller teaching or if I was a volunteer and got a brief moment to make an offering.