Governors State University professor Dr. Jon Carlson recently returned from India and a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama with some very special gifts. He presented Khatas to GSU President Elaine P. Maimon, Provost Terry Allison, and Dean of the College of Education Deborah Bordelon.
Khatas are Tibetan scarves that have been blessed by the Dalai Lama. They symbolize purity, goodwill, auspiciousness, and compassion. Once blessed by the Dalai Lama, they become cherished talismans.
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