Dalai Lama to speak at Matt Court on May 10

1/13/2013: Congratulations to the organizers of this event, reported in the RG here:

The lecture, “The Path to Peace and Happiness in the Global Society,” is open to UO students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, the UO said. 

Additional details on the event, including information on ticket sales to the public, will be available in the coming weeks, the UO said. 

The Dalai Lama — his formal title is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet — has written more than 70 books and in 1989 won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet from Chinese rule.

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10 Responses to Dalai Lama to speak at Matt Court on May 10

  1. Anonymous says:

    One of the few times Matt Court will sell out.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless the Confucius Institute manages to put a stop to it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, this is surely going to be the case. I live in LaPine and would love to be there on the 10th, but to date I have not found any ticket source nor cost. ?????

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Dalai Lama’s speaker’s fee at Syracuse in 2012 was $1.7 million.

    • Anonymous says:

      Too bad we can’t finance the expenses of Oregon’s government with speeches by Kitzhaber.

    • Anonymous says:

      Terrible misinformation is given in the above statement about the Dalai Lama’s speaking fees. Read the following news item completely and you’ll have a more accurate picture of the costs associated with this two-day Common Ground for Peace charity event featuring numerous speakers and music performers. (The headline also does a gross disservice to the facts.) Deep into the news item, it specifically says that “The Dalai Lama appeared for free . . . but his staff was paid an honorarium.” No $ figure is given for the staff honorarium, but it clearly isn’t $1.7 million. I hope the original Anon poster isn’t a member of the UO community–as an institution of higher learning, we have some minimum obligation to seek out the facts before posting statements like the one above.

      Another event featuring the Dalai Lama in Honolulu cost $1 million to stage. Again, no speaker fees–just travel expenses were covered.

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent point, Anonymous! Not all of us at UO Matters are able to attain your high standard for reportage. No doubt we can improve our image if we announce that our talks are charitable events, but our staff require a heavy duty honorarium.

    • UO Matters says:

      The Dalai Lama runs the Tibetan government in exile. That’s not cheap, and the Chinese of course don’t let his government collect taxes from Tibetan citizens!

      I don’t know the financial details, but obviously the revenue from events like these are part of how Tibet and the Dalai Lama have managed to keep their efforts for peace, freedom, and independence in the public eye for the past 40 years.

      Think about how difficult this has been. The Dalai Lama has done it with grace, and to the benefit not just of his own people, but as an example for all people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not to worry! The spiritual blessings of the Dalai Lama will outweigh any debt incurred.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to congratulate the event organizers too, but the story doesn’t name them. Who are they?

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