With the Dalai Lama scheduled to come to Lehigh University this Friday for five days of teachings, the buzz around Lehigh has not been about Lehigh football, but rather the teachings of enlightenment, Ethics for the New Millennium, and (of course) Richard Gere. (Not to mention the traffic advisory and increased security in place for his stay.)
The Lehigh series of teachings comes at a fantastic time for the University, as the Chinese government has been working a whirlwind of talks with the Dalai Lama's representatives in order to get him to show strong support for the Beijing Olympics that are a mere 30 days away. It's likely that his talk will generate some news on that front - perhaps even some big news.
While my family and I will be front row center for his talk on Sunday (sans voice recorder, sadly), I'm tempted to ask His Holiness something different than the long list of questions that must barrage him daily about the Beijing Olympics and the recognition of autonomous Tibet: namely, how can one gain true enlightenment if one wants Lehigh to finally put a stomping on Lafayette in "The Rivalry" for the first time in five stinkin' years? (Obviously, I'm a real long way away from enlightenment...)
Of course, I could totally be wrong: His Holiness might be fine with a grown man seemingly fixated on beating a certain football team eighteen miles away in Easton. If that's the case, perhaps he could kick back, relax and stick around for Lehigh's trio of high school and youth clinics next week. The Mountain Hawk coaching staff is available during these weeks to preside in the eighth annual high school 7-on-7 shootout, a clinic for high-school aged football players, a clinic specific to "O" and "D" linemen, and a fun 3-day youth clinic for those aged 7-13.
Interested folks can click here for more information to get signup sheets and cost information for this fantastic opportunity for young football players to hone their skills and show their stuff in front of Division I coaches.
You could even say that the Lehigh coaching staff might... enlighten... some folks with these clinics.
UPDATE: The Morning Call Bloggers talk of a transformation of Murray Goodman's parking lot, transformed for a different type of tailgater this week.