His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will visit Princeton University on Tuesday, Oct. 28, to give a public talk and meet with students and faculty to discuss the meaning of service.
The Dalai Lama will give the talk “Develop the Heart” at 9:30 a.m. at Jadwin Gymnasium. He will highlight the importance of developing compassion and kindness, alongside the intellect, in an academic environment.
In the afternoon he will meet with a small group of students and faculty to discuss Princeton University’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” After the conversation, a blog with entries from community members will provide an opportunity for continued reflection.
“The immensely positive response to His Holiness coming to Princeton demonstrates that he is a singular figure,” said Matthew Weiner, associate dean, Office of the Dean of Religious Life. “Students from every religious tradition have expressed deep interest to hear what he has to say about the importance of compassion, the role of service in our lives, and how to remain peaceful in stressful and difficult times.”
The Dalai Lama’s appearance at Jadwin Gymnasium is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Ticket distribution will take place at the Princeton University Ticketing office at the Frist Campus Center.
Ticket distribution for Princeton University students will begin at noon Tuesday, Sept. 16. One ticket per TigerCard will be permitted, but up to two TigerCards per person can be brought to the distribution.
Tickets for Princeton University faculty and staff will be available starting at noon Thursday, Sept. 18. Faculty and staff may pick up one ticket per TigerCard, and can bring up to two TigerCards.
Ticket distribution for the general public will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Tuesday evening through online registration. One ticket per person. (Editor’s Note: The online registration and one-ticket policy is a change from a previous procedure announced Sept. 9).
The Dalai Lama’s visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Life at Princeton University and The Kalmyk Three Jewels Foundation. The Kalmyk community’s ancestors came from the Kalmyk Republic of Russia in the Northwest corner of the Caspian Sea area. They helped bring Tibetan Buddhism to the United States when they arrived in 1951. Community members are largely settled in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Kalmyk Three Jewels Foundation works to maintain and strengthen Kalmyk language, religion and tradition around the world.
Princeton University has set up a website with details about the Dalai Lama’s visit and related programming.