The Dalai Lama is set to return to Minnesota in late June for a humanitarian panel at Starkey Hearing Technologies headquarters in Eden Prairie.
Starkey will be the 14th Tibetan Buddhist leader’s host for two days starting June 22. On June 23, he will participate in a panel, “A Call for Compassion and Conscious Kindness,” along with Starkey owner Bill Austin; Starkey’s chief philanthropy officer, Tani Austin, and actor Forest Whitaker.
“We share His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama’s belief that the need for authentic, intentional human-to-human relationships is more vital than ever,” Austin said in a written statement.
The Dalai Lama has worked with Starkey’s foundation in the past; this is his first time participating on one of its panels. Only invited business and community leaders may attend, according to the company.
In January 2016, the Dalai Lama underwent a prostate treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he has been a patient for the past decade. He was the keynote speaker for the Tibetan New Year celebration at the Minneapolis Convention Center the following month.
The Dalai Lama will turn 82 on July 6.