Dalai Lama visiting Stanford, EPA this week

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader to mingle with East Palo Altans, sick children and Stanford professors

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.

The Dalai Lama's conversations with East Palo Alto eighth-graders will be televised live for employees and community members in the Ravenswood City School District assembled at Cesar Chavez Academy.

"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.

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Posted by jt
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Would have been nice to see Mr. Lama visit Palo Alto too. Wonder what he would think of our Mandarin emersion program funded with a grant from the communist Chinese government.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm

EPA students are often overlooked & neglected when VIPs come to town. So glad that he will be visiting these students - it's sure to be unforgettable.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

What a great opportunity to see an outstanding leader, the Dalai Lama.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The Dalai Lama disapproves of drugs, drunkenness, homosexual behavior, pre marital sex and communism-
all very good, and what is his message to kids in EPA?
Will he promote his fundamental beliefs on moral behavior?
If so-- well done

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Hey Sharon - perhaps he'll save promoting his beliefs for the people who can afford the tickets to see him & he'll visit w/the students in EPA instead of preaching to them.

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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

Web Link

"but society should tolerate gays and lesbians from a secular point of view."
"the Dalai Lama explained "If someone comes to me and asks whether homosexuality is okay or not, I will ask 'What is your companion's opinion?'. If you both agree, then I think I would say 'if two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay'".Homosexuality, whether it is between men or between women, is not improper in itself."

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"As Homosexuality is not explicitly mentioned in any of the Buddha's sayings recorded in the Pali Canon (Tripitaka), most interpreters have taken this to mean that homosexuality should be evaluated in the same way as heterosexuality, in accordance with the above principles. "

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Posted by Wilson
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

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Posted by The Real Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2010 at 11:45 am

We are discussing the fact that one of the regular posters, who has a history of posting factoids and twisting the truth to suit her personal goals, has once again put words in the mouth of someone to advance her personal bias towards a subset of our population. if you want to discuss the issues regarding HIV and the cost to the public, start a new thread.

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Stanford
on Oct 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

Please visit the kids on the 3rd floor picu my brother is extremely sick their.

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