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Dalai Lama coming to Stanford in October

UPDATED JAN. 25, 2010: The Stanford University News Service earlier today posted its release, “Dalai Lama to make third visit to Stanford.”

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POSTED JAN. 22, 2010: I just received the following news release in an e-mail announcement from Stanford University News Service: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, will be at Stanford for two days in October, returning to the university to discuss compassion, altruism and what it means to lead a meaningful life.

This is the third visit to Stanford by the Dalai Lama, also referred to as HHDL, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. He was invited by Philip Pizzo, MD, the medical school's dean. The Rev. Scotty McLennan, dean of the Office for Religious Life, is co-sponsoring the events scheduled for Oct. 14-15.

In a previous visit in Nov. 2005, the HHDL was featured in an all-day discussion-titled, "Craving, suffering, and choice: Spiritual and scientific explorations of human experience"-with a dozen or so neuroscientists, psychologists and Buddhist scholars. (For more see the story, “No suffering in dialogue between Dalai Lama, neuroscientists.”) This time around he's giving 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, he's taking part in another daylong discussion, this one sponsored the medical school's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education titled "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism."

More information will be posted on the Web next month.

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