The Dalai Lama is coming to San Diego! Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama is coming all the way from India this April to speak at a few local San Diego college campuses. This 76 year old Nobel Prize laureate has recently published a book this December titled: “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” This will be his second stop on a twelve day tour here in North America. He will Arrive on the 17th, and on the 18th he will receive the San Diego Medal of Peace at USD where he will also be speaking. On the 19th he will be giving a speech at SDSU on “Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times” This visit will bring people young and old from all different racial and religious backgrounds together. This just goes to show how one exceptional Senior Citizen can bring an entire community together.
Dalai Lama’s visit hailed by religious leaders
The Dalai Lama’s San Diego visit is almost three months away, but he’s already breaking barriers.
“He’s Buddhist, not Catholic,” noted the Rev. Ron Pachence, chairman of the University of San Diego’s department of theology and religious studies. “But as a Catholic, I’m really happy to hear him talk about these things.”
“These things” — global warming, peace and justice, and ethics and compassion — are the subjects of three talks the Dalai Lama plans to deliver April 18-19 at the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.
The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s first official visit here was announced Thursday by the host schools and Lama Tenzin Dhonden, an aide to the Dalai Lama.
“We expect the teachings of His Holiness to have a profound impact on the San Diego region and beyond,” said Nancy Marlin, senior vice president and provost at SDSU. “Particularly for our students, who will have the extraordinary opportunity to become inspired by the Nobel Prize recipient they only hear about in class lectures and read about in textbooks.”
The “Compassion Without Borders” symposium’s schedule is posted at dalailamasandiego.org; tickets, $10 for students and $25 for others, will go on sale at that site Feb. 22.
Demand for tickets will be great, some predicted, even beyond the three host campuses.
“He’s clearly a beloved leader of Tibetan Buddhists,” said Michael Lodahl, professor of theology and world religions at Point Loma Nazarene University, which is affiliated with a Christian denomination, the Church of the Nazarene. “But he has a voice that really is transcendent. Part of that is the magnetic personality that he’s demonstrated over the years — and also the Buddhist tradition of compassion. He’s done a remarkable job of spreading that message of compassion globally.”
PETER ROWE • U-T
This article was selected on 2/6/2012 by MOW staff from The UT San Diego online publication
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