His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to address students, faculty members and the amassed public at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena at 1:30pm on May 10.
His Holiness’ presentation, entitled “The Path to Peace and Happiness in the Global Society,” will not be a closed affair; it will be webcast at www.uoregon.edu.
It’s reported that the tickets to 11,000 capacity Knight Arena have been sold out, which marks the significance of the event.
This will be Dalai Lama’ first visit to Eugene, he was last in Oregon in 2001, when he addressed the sold out crowd at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland about how humanity had seemed to learn its lessons of violence from the past century, expressing hope that new century will be more peaceful. However, terror struck America a few months later and on September 9.
This time around, a visit to America, at the time when the country is rising up from the Boston bombings could just be the best time for Tibetan Buddhist leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner to spread the message of Peace and Happiness in the Global Society.
The event promises to be special for students and faculty of UO because it’s after ten-long-years of petitioning and negotiations that the Eugene Sakya Center and University of Oregon have been able to convince the Dalai Lama to visit Oregon.
University of Oregon is one of 108 universities classified as RU/VH (very high research activity) by Carnegie Foundation. The university has a student body comprising of students from all States and territories of United States and 89 countries around the world.