Hello, Dalai


Question: What event sold out in under an hour and will likely draw a crowd of more than 20,000 people? (Hint: it’s not a Justin Bieber concert.) It’s the Dalai Lama, y’all.

On April 18-19, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), the spiritual leader of Tibet, will make his first ever visit to San Diego, stopping at the UCSD, SDSU and USD campuses. The Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, a personal emissary for the Dalai Lama, lives in San Diego and is responsible for coordinating the historic two-day symposium called “Compassion Without Borders.”

“While he’s brought his Holiness the Dalai Lama to many states, he’s ignored the place where he lives,” says UCSD assistant dean of external affairs, Henry J. DeVries, of Dhonden. “So he became strongly committed to bringing his Holiness to San Diego.”

Hopefully, it’s not bad karma to buy tickets from scalpers.

-Michelle Poveda

Each university will host its own event and lecture topic:

The Global Impact of Climate Change: Balance Through Universal Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness?
April 18
9:30 a.m.
Rimac Arena (UCSD)

Cultivating Peace and Justice?
April 18
1:30 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion (USD)

Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times?
April 19
9:30 a.m.
Viejas Arena

“I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.” -The 14th Dalai Lama