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Dalai Lama headlines Vancouver Peace Summit

September 28, 2009

Several Nobel Prize winners taking part
Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Dalai Lama returns to Vancouver this weekend, the third visit to the
city in five years by the exiled Tibetan spiritual and political leader.

The Dalai Lama is taking part in the Vancouver Peace Summit, which will
feature the famous Buddhist in dialogue with a number of other well-known
peace activists and politicians in a three-day public conference.

The event is being staged by a local organization, the Dalai Lama Center for
Peace and Education.

"I think he likes Vancouver," the centre's founding director, Victor Chan,
told CBC News.

"I first brought him here in 2004, then a second time in 2006, and now here
in 2009. That's the third time in five years. Not many cities can say that."

The events will take place at the Chan Centre, on the University of British
Columbia's main campus, and at the Orpheum theatre in downtown Vancouver.

Most events have been sold out since tickets went on sale in June, although
extra tickets were freed up during the past week. All major events at the
conference will be streamed live online through the centre's website, said
Chan.

"These are the people who actually walk the talk," Chan said of the
conference participants.

"We have a very unusual combination of very compelling people who are
leaders, who are great thinkers, but are also very hands-on, who make things
happen, who actually make other people's lives much better. They save lives,
essentially," said Chan.

Among the participants:

* Nobel Prize winners Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire, co-founders of
Community of Peace People, an organization dedicated to promoting peace in
Northern Ireland.
* Nobel Prize winner Jody Williams, founding co-ordinator of the
International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
* Mary Robinson, first female president of Ireland, serving from 1990 to
1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to
2002.
* Kim Campbell, former Canadian prime minister.
* Murray Gell-Mann, a U.S. physicist who received the 1969 Nobel Prize in
physics.
* Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author of the bestselling book, The
Power of Now.
* Stephen Covey, organizational consultant and author of The Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People.
* Maria Shriver, journalist, activist and wife of California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger.
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