The Dalai Lama will visit with East Palo Alto eighth-graders, critically ill children and Stanford professors among multiple appearances in the Bay Area next week.
The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader will speak with about 400 eighth-graders assembled at East Palo Alto's Costano School Wednesday.
Following that, he will visit critically ill children whose families are using temporary housing at Ronald McDonald House while their child is treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Palo Alto singer and songwriter Nancy Cassidy will provide musical accompaniment to the Dalai Lama's visit at Ronald McDonald House.
In various gatherings at Stanford Thursday and Friday, the Dalai Lama will discuss compassion, including "scientific explorations of compassion and altruism."
Tickets to an Oct. 14 Maples Pavilion talk titled "The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society" are sold out. They were priced at $60 to $80 for the general public, and $20 for Stanford students.
The Dalai Lama also is scheduled to deliver the annual lecture in memory of the late Stanford Law School Professor Harry Rathbun on Thursday in Stanford Memorial Church. The audience for that lecture, limited to Stanford students, was determined by a drawing.
On Friday, Oct. 15, the Dalai Lama will participate with researchers from Stanford and elsewhere in a day-long conference titled "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism."
"With the ever-growing impact of science in our lives, religion and spirituality have a greater role to play by reminding us of our humanity," the Dalai Lama has said.
"There is no contradiction between the two."
Tickets to the Friday conference, priced at $30 for students, $75 for faculty and staff and $165 for members of the public, are sold out.
"Giving our eighth graders an encounter with this world spiritual and political leader will not only have a profound personal impact on each student, it will expose the students to the world they will inherit as they get ready to move into high school," Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega said.
De La Vega said in January the school district had been contacted by representatives of the Dalai Lama seeking to arrange a visit with students.
The Dalai Lama's Stanford appearances are sponsored by the Stanford School of Medicine, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and the university's Office for Religious Life.
Other scheduled appearances by the Dalai Lama next week include a Tuesday, Oct. 12, discussion titled "Eight Verses of Training the Mind: Awakening the Heart of Compassion" to be held at the San Jose Convention Center.
That event is sponsored by the Gyuto Vajrayana Center, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in San Jose.
A sand mandala will be constructed at Stanford by five Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India.
The public is invited to watch the monks work on the mandala in the front lobby of the Alumni Center (corner of Galvez and Campus Drive) over the course of several days: Thursday, Oct. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 15 and Monday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon.
The specific mandala they will build evokes the Buddha of Compassion, which in turn encourages these positive qualities in all who participate in or view the process.