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Buddhist Leader Speaks In Louisville

The director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington is helping launch the 15th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville.     Arjia Rinpoche, who is also a representative of the Dalai Lama, has been discussing the Buddhist perspective on stewardship of the earth, to coincide with the festival's theme, "Sacred Soil as the Foundation of Life.""The whole universe is made by four elements, and when you check our body, also our body is made by four elements; fire, water, wind and earth. The earth is the basic foundation, so that's why we have to preserve this Earth," he said.Rinpoche has authored a book called Surviving the Dragon, which recounts his childhood recognition as the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist saint and reformer, and his later flight from Chinese rule in Tibet.The Festival of Faiths begins Wednesday and continues through November 9.Rinpoche will talk about his book this evening at 7:00 at Carmichael's Bookstore on FrankfortAvenue.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.