The stage is set for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to make his fourth visit to UCSB this Friday, April 24 for a two-part lecture series.
The two lectures — “The Nature of the Mind” and “Ethics of Our Time” — are scheduled to take place in the Events Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., respectively. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive one-and-a-half to two hours in advance of each lecture due to increased security measures. No late seating will be accommodated at the event.
Born on July 6, 1935, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet. At the age of two, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Tibet’s patron saint. According to tradition, Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who decide to be reborn so they can serve humanity.
Since the security of His Holiness is the university’s highest priority, all attendees will be subject to a security screening process prior to entering the Events Center. Students must also have their UCSB Student ACCESS Card on their person to be admitted to the event.
In accordance with His Holiness’s visit, campus parking will be free until 5 p.m. on Friday. The university is encouraging students to utilize alternative methods of transportation in order to free up campus parking for individuals commuting to the event from outside areas.
All bags, backpacks, cameras, cell phone cameras, umbrellas, strollers, skateboards, recording devices, signs, banners, flags, noise-makers and food and drink are prohibited. The Events Center staff has also said that they reserve the right to confiscate any device if they find that it has been used to take photos, including cell phones.
Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle in Tibet, His Holiness has remained a beacon of peace for the world at large. An author for more than 72 books, His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates and various prizes in recognition of his message of peace and non-violent conflict resolution methods.