The University of Oregon and the Eugene Sakya Center (Nyen-Gyud Samten Choeling for Tibetan Buddhist Studies) are co-organizing a visit by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, to the University of Oregon campus on Friday, May 10. A limited number of tickets for this event will be made available to University of Oregon students, faculty and staff before they go on sale to the public.
The Dalai Lama is scheduled to speak at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena at 1:30 p.m. His presentation, entitled “The Path to Peace and Happiness in the Global Society,” will also be webcast at www.uoregon.edu.
An allotment of general admission tickets will be available to University of Oregon students free of charge beginning at 10 a.m. on March 5. Availability will continue until March 6 at 5 p.m. or until the allotment is exhausted. There is a limit of one ticket per student.
A limited number of tickets will also be available to University of Oregon faculty and staff. They can be purchased for $20 each beginning at 10 a.m. on March 7. Availability will continue until March 8 at 5 p.m. or until the allotment is exhausted. Faculty and staff can buy a maximum of two tickets per person. Additional convenience fees may apply depending on the method of purchase.
Details on ticket sales and distribution for students, faculty and staff are still being finalized. Additional information will be sent via email and posted on AroundtheO next week. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 11.
This will be the first time the Dalai Lama has visited Eugene and only the second time he has traveled to Oregon. The Dalai Lama is the author of more than 70 books and in 1989 won of the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2007, President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian by U.S. lawmakers.
In addition to visiting Eugene, the Dalai Lama will also make presentations in Portland on May 9, 10 and 11. These events are hosted by Maitripa College. More information on the Dalai Lama and his visit to Oregon are available on AroundtheO's Dalai Lama website.