Dalai Lama to visit Stanford, Ravenswood school

Exiled Tibetan leader to discuss 'compassion in human life, society'

The Dalai Lama will visit Stanford University and East Palo Alto's Costano School in October to remind all those who listen that compassion deserves a priority place in the world.

Stanford announced Monday that Tibet's exiled political and spiritual leader will deliver an Oct. 14 talk on "the centrality of compassion in human life and society."

In East Palo Alto, he will meet with all seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Ravenswood City School District, which serves East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

"We are honored to be selected to have his Holiness the Dalai Lama visit us," Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega said. "We are formulating a committee to begin meeting as soon as possible to plan for his arrival."

The Dalai Lama will spend two days at Stanford at the invitation of School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo.

On Oct. 15, he will participate in a day-long conference on "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism," sponsored by the medical school's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Pizzo said the Dalai Lama's participation will "help further promote our understanding of compassion and altruism in scientific, medical and spiritual domains.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the world's most renowned and respected spiritual and moral voices and has inspired generations and millions of people throughout the world about the fundamental underpinnings of a caring and compassionate life," he said.

The Dalai Lama also will participate in several "small, private gatherings" with groups, including Stanford's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

The Tibetan leader's visit to Stanford -- his third -- is co-sponsored by Pizzo and the Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean of the Office for Religious Life.

"The real impetus for the Dalai Lama's visit this time is his excitement about what Stanford is doing by starting the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education," the Rev. McLennan said.

"He thinks it's important to use the language of science to reach people. People will not listen to him merely as a religious person. He says he needs to connect with people using a language he feels is universal."

The Dalai Lama helped pay for the creation of the research center with some of his book proceeds, McLennan said.

In East Palo Alto, De La Vega said she believes the Dalai Lama's staff was referred to her by county education officials.

"I believe (the staff) called the San Mateo County Office of Education and gave a profile of what they wanted to see, and they referred them to us," she said.

"I was told that he frequently visits 'poor communities.' Given that he is visiting Stanford ... Ravenswood was close by.

"I believe His Holiness will be here for about two hours in the morning and has specifically requested an audience with the students. All of next year's seventh- and eighth-grade students will be bused to Costano for the event.

"In May, we will prepare the students for His Holiness' visit," De La Vega said.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Will any of these events be open to the general public?

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm

In answer to your question-- Steve

"The Dalai Lama will deliver a public talk on "The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society" at Maples Pavilion on Oct. 14. That afternoon, he will talk about leading a meaningful life as part of this year's Rathbun Visiting Fellow program.
Ticket information will be available this summer."

On Oct. 15, the Dalai Lama will take part in a daylong conference sponsored by the School of Medicine's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education titled "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism."

A website devoted to the Dalai Lama's visit is being developed and will be launched in February.

It is all on the Stanford link Web Link

In terms of his visit to EPA schools, we do not know the schedule.

Given recent events, and his Compassion, it would be a good idea for him to visit Paly/Gunn.

As any of you have met him know he is not promoting politics or faith, just compassion--- we can all use that these days---

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Posted by Angel Justice
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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Posted by Morris
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Tibetan culture is quite foreign to that of the West, with its history tied up in the maintenance, and extension, of monarchy, theocracy and oligarchy. Lately, it's become a pawn of the Communist Chinese:

Web Link

There is nothing to suggest that democracy, or the values of the West that have allowed us to grow and prosper, are akin to any thinking of Tibet, or its leaders.

It makes no sense to allow an exiled religious leader to visit a public school, other than to advance this fellow's agenda, religion and politics--which is really not what public school is all about.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I think the kids in EPA deserve a visit from him more than Paly or Gunn does. I'm not surprised that this upsets some people. It just highlights the proximity to a subject nobody really wants to talk about or pay attention to.

Sharon, remember when you were upset that PA Online was posting an article about crack dealers in Menlo? You were saying it shouldn't make the news here because it's in another city and another county. Well, maybe it isn't as far away as you think.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Actually I feel it great that the the Dalai Lama will be visiting EPA and I am sure his visit will have a positive impact which is all for the good.

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Posted by Morris
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

> It just highlights the proximity to a subject nobody really
> wants to talk about or pay attention to

And that would be?

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Posted by Morris
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

It's very likely that most Americans could not outline Tibet on a map of the world that only provided the the shapes of the continents. Tibet has never been of any intersect to the US until the Chinese Communists took over China, and began to rattle their sabers, periodically.

Thank goodness for Youtube .. as it allows people to bypass the so-called "mainstream media". Here are three clips that might prove instructive to anyone who really doesn't know much about Tiber--

Tibet - Land of Isolation 1934:
Web Link

Dalai Lama's demons 1/2:
Web Link

Dalai Lama's demons 2/2:
Web Link

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm

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Posted by Nigel
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The Dalai Lama will also be giving a public talk at the San Jose Convention Center on October 12 2010. This is being arranged by a San Jose Tibetan Buddhist group, the Gyuto Vajrayana Center. They have also arranged that he will be giving a talk on that day to the local Tibetan and Mongolian communities.
The details of both these events are in the planning stage.

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Posted by P.A. Native
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Good God you are some over-sensative censorers. I would love an explanation on that one.

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Posted by BIGGstool
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2010 at 6:00 am


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

There is an interesting analysis in The Economist about the key role the Dalai Lama plays in US - China diplomacy Web Link

"China is worried about the possibility that Barack Obama will soon meet the Dalai Lama in Washington, DC, for the first time since he became president.
Mr Obama avoided such a meeting when the Dalai Lama visited the American capital last October, apparently to avoid angering the Chinese as he prepared for a summit in Beijing the following month. By resuming talks now,
China might hope that an appearance of progress will help persuade Mr Obama to keep any meeting with the Dalai Lama low key."

Amazing for a guy who looks like Sergeant Bilko Web Link

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Posted by Jocelyn
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I am very excited about this. The only agenda Dalai Lama has is to spread compassion and love. He teaches the importance of caring for one another. He encourages people to think for themselves and use any available tool to keep others from feeling pain. Caring for others heals not only those who are helped, but those who are helping. Just as laughter can be a powerful tool for overcoming sickness. It's no secret that East Palo Alto is troubled. Maybe if we can heal that pain and provide independence to the people living there they will be more able to contribute to society. The Dalai Lama's visit can only be beneficial.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Today the White House reaffirmed that the President will meet with Dalai Lama
China has warned that ties with the US would be undermined if the meeting takes place.

No date has been set but it is expected to take place later this month.

"The president told China's leaders during his trip last year that he would meet with the Dalai Lama and he intends to do so," White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters.

"The Dalai Lama is an internationally respected religious and cultural leader and the president will meet with him in that capacity," he said.

The comments came after Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun said such a meeting would "threaten trust and co-operation" between Beijing and Washinton Web Link

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