Dalai Lama to visit Charlottesville for public talks

Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-09 15:56:55-04

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit nearby Charlottesville in October.

CBS19 has confirmed that the Dalai Lama will visit October 11, and will make two stops.

His Holiness, who just turned 77 on July 6, will speak at events for the public. NBC29 reports that although details are still being hammered out, the lectures will be live streamed at Piedmont Virginia Community College, the Jefferson Theater, and potentially at a UVA venue.  

Ticket information for the events has not yet been released.

He will make appearances at the Paramount Theater and the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in downtown Charlottesville.  The Paramount Theater will hold 1,000 people and the lecture will be about compassionate medical care, and NBC29 reports that the initial tickets released will be first for medical professionals.

The lecture later that afternoon will be at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and will be capped off at 6,000 people.  The topic of that lecture relates to his latest book – “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.”

CBS19 reports that this will be the Dalai Lama’s schedule:

9:00am – 9:30am Arrival at CHO Airport
9:30am – 9:50am Police Escort to Paramount Theater
10:00am – 11:30am Lecture at Paramount
11:30am – 1:15pm Sequestered/Private Lunch
1:15pm – 1:30pm Police Escort to nTelos Pavilion
1:30pm – 3:00pm Lecture at Pavilion
3:00pm – 3:20pm Police Escort to Undisclosed Location Outside City Limits

NBC29 reports that there will be a city website created for the October visit.

The Dalai Lama is the head of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been since age 15. He has been exiled from Tibet, now under Chinese control, since 1959. He lives on a very remote, protected compound in India.