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In this June 6, 2012 photo, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama addresses Emory University faculty members and Tibetan Buddhist monks during a graduation ceremony in Dharamsala, India.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Dalai Lama plans to visit Louisville next year to visit and bless a Tibetan Buddhist temple and teaching center and make other public appearances.

The Courier-Journal reports the 77-year-old Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit May 19-21.

The Nobel Laureate and exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists last visited Louisville in 1994 and last visited Kentucky in 1996. He regularly visits Bloomington, Ind., where his late brother founded a Buddhist center.

Anne Walter, board president of the Drepung Gomang Institute, the temple and teaching center, said her group had invited the Dalai Lama for the blessing and also to give talks about compassion to the general public and youths in the city and give more advanced religious training to local Buddhists.