The Dalai Lama is coming to speak this spring. There are many people here who feel very strongly about being able to go and see him and sit in his presence and with good reason. Regardless of your religious affiliation the essential goodness of the Dalai Lama is evident. This is a man who began his monastic education at the age of eight and received over 60 honors in recognition of his work towards peace, including the Nobel Peace Prize. He has published over 70 books, most of which emphasize the need for love, compassion, and peace. He was also, as far back as the early 1980's the first Nobel Prize winner to be recognized for their work towards a healthy and sustainable relationship with the environment.
I think that people who feel inspired to see this man are craving a message of peace and compassion. I also though that it was remarkable that in this relatively small city stadium seating for such an event could sell out so quickly. But it didn't. Not really. Ten minutes after the sell out tickets started to appear on Craigslist. With scalpers prices.
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