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His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Los Angeles

His Holiness Dalai Lama
His Holiness Dalai Lama
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“Today more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” ~Dalai Lama

In recent day, “it seems as though we live in a world that largely views integrity as inconvenient, impractical and/or naïve. However, the magnitude and crassness of recent corporate scandals seem to have brought, quite dramatically, to public awareness the extent and cost of integrity’s lack in society. The scandals have also made poignantly clear that broad scale individual acquiescence to and toleration of “questionable” actions, allow, if not directly contributes to, these behaviors and costly results.”

“There are no shades of gray with integrity. We may be generally people of integrity, but on a particular subject at a particular time, we either have it or we do not.

People of integrity seldom talk about it. They just have it, are it, and do it.”

A prime example of integrity in action is His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who will visit Los Angeles to talk about the importance of social integrity.

Tickets to hear the Dalai Lama talk about social integrity during a Feb. 25 appearance at the Forum will go on sale on February 6, 2014.

“The public talk will focus on sharing the value of social integrity,” according to Lama Tenzin Dhonden, personal peace emissary to the 14th Dalai Lama. “The theme will be nonviolence and the effects of compassion in the 21st Century. It is hoped His Holiness' words will make a significant contribution to minimizing the stresses people face in today's world, where financial, environmental and social conflicts are constant.”

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000. The refurbished Forum can hold up to 17,500 people.

The engagement is being underwritten by The Lourdes Foundation, started by Auge Media president Sean Lourdes, who said his life was dramatically changed by a personal encounter with the Dalai Lama.

The foundation is providing a limited number of free tickets for schools, churches and community organizations.

The 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He is also the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He was awarded the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

The appearance in Los Angeles is part of a four-day California swing, with other appearances planned in San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Clara, according to his official schedule.