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 Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
February 14, 2012 (San Diego)-- The 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will make his first trip to San Diego April 18 and 19 for public events at San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego.
The Compassion Without Borders symposium will include three major public events: 


  • April 18, 9:30 a.m., UC San Diego, Panel Discussion: The Global Impact of Climate Change: Balance through Universal Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness
  • April 18, 1:30 p.m., USD, Public Talk: Cultivating Peace and Justice
  • April 19, 9:30 a.m., SDSU, Public Talk: Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times
Speaking on behalf of the Compassion Without Borders Organizing Committee, event chair The Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden Personal Peace Emissary for the Dalai Lama, said, “This will be a historic event for San Diego. This event will bring together people of different faiths, secularists and non-secularists, scientists, scholars and artists to celebrate our shared values.  This event will bring community together and focus our attention on internal values of the humanity so desperately needed in today’s challenging world.”
Joining Lama Tenzin for last month’s announcement at the Grand Hyatt were Dr. Nancy Marlin, Senior Vice President and Provost, SDSU; Dr. Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice Chancellor, UCSD; and Dr. Julie Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Provost, USD.
UC San Diego’s Dr. Subramani took the opportunity to preview for the audience the compelling panel discussion - The Global Impact of Climate Change: Balance through Universal Responsibility, Compassion and Human Consciousness, that will occur between His Holiness and esteemed scientists Dr. Richard Somerville and Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan. “I am confident we each will learn something valuable from their conversation on global climate change and the need for humanitarian values and universal responsibility in recognizing and responding to the impacts of this change on communities and ecosystems,” said Subramani.
USD will award His Holiness the University of San Diego Medal of Peace. Provost Sullivan noted, “We are delighted to welcome the Dalai Lama to San Diego and look forward to presenting him with the University of San Diego Medal of Peace in recognition of his scholarship and lifelong contributions to international peace building. The Dalai Lama’s public talk, Cultivating Peace and Justice, will address the struggles facing our world due to escalated violence in society and among nations. During which, he will explore alternatives to violence and the shared core human values that can lead the way to peace, justice and happiness.”
SDSU will host the final public talk – Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times. Provost Marlin of SDSU said, “We look forward to hearing His Holiness’ views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today’s society. We expect the teachings of His Holiness to have a profound impact on the San Diego region and beyond, 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.”
Tickets for all events will go on sale Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PST.
Each venue will sell tickets to their events separately.
Tickets for the UC San Diego event will be available on campus through the Rimac Arena Ticket Booth; Tickets for the USD event will be available via www.tickets.com; and for SDSU’s public talk, tickets can be purchased via www.ticketmaster.com.
All information regarding the public events and a private closing luncheon can be found at http://www.dalailamasandiego.org.
These events are entirely privately funded. No public money will be used for these events.
For additional questions or information, please visit us at http://www.dalailamasandiego.org/.


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