Dalai Lama offers $100,000 to save religion department

Norwich Bulletin, May 28, 2009

Norwich, CT (USA) -- The Dalai Lama is offering Florida International University $100,000 to help save the college’s religion department, which is slated to close because of budget cuts.

According to wire reports, a longtime acquaintance and professor at the school e-mailed the Tibetan Buddhist leaderís office in search of a letter of support. In addition to the letter from the Dalai Lama, the university in Miami received the offer of money and fundraising help.

The religion department is one of three at the public university slated to close after a cut in state funding. FIU President Modesto Madique is drafting a letter accepting the offer, an FIU spokesman said.