Memorabilia Monday: Blessed Scarves


Another unusual entry in the Rice University Memorabilia Collection are a few scarves blessed by the Dalai Lama.

On September 22, 2005, the Dalai Lama was scheduled to come to Rice University and give two speeches: one on “Tolerance and University Responsibility” and the other “The Meaning of Compassion in Everyday Life.” Then, Hurricane Rita happened. Almost two years later, on May 1, 2007, the Dalai Lama made it to Houston spoke on the topics above.


As part of his visit sponsored by the Boniuk Institute, he blessed traditional Tibetan scarves called Khata. According to a labeling tag, they symbolize affection, greetings, honor, love, gratitude, and respect.

Image from: Rice University Campus Photographer Files, UA 188, Box 37, Folder 7, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University


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