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Dalai Lama to visit Stanford, Ravenswood school

January 28, 2010

Exiled Tibetan leader to discuss 'compassion in human life, society'
by Chris Kenrick
Palo Alto Online Staff
January 25, 2010

The Dalai Lama will visit Stanford University and
East Palo Alto's Costano School in October to
remind all those who listen that compassion
deserves a priority place in the world.

Stanford announced Monday that Tibet's exiled
political and spiritual leader will deliver an
Oct. 14 talk on "the centrality of compassion in human life and society."

In East Palo Alto, he will meet with all seventh-
and eighth-grade students in the Ravenswood City
School District, which serves East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

"We are honored to be selected to have his
Holiness the Dalai Lama visit us," Ravenswood
Superintendent Maria De La Vega said. "We are
formulating a committee to begin meeting as soon
as possible to plan for his arrival."

The Dalai Lama will spend two days at Stanford at
the invitation of School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo.

On Oct. 15, he will participate in a day-long
conference on "Scientific Explorations of
Compassion and Altruism," sponsored by the
medical school's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Pizzo said the Dalai Lama's participation will
"help further promote our understanding of
compassion and altruism in scientific, medical and spiritual domains.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the
world's most renowned and respected spiritual and
moral voices and has inspired generations and
millions of people throughout the world about the
fundamental underpinnings of a caring and compassionate life," he said.

The Dalai Lama also will participate in several
"small, private gatherings" with groups,
including Stanford's Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

The Tibetan leader's visit to Stanford -- his
third -- is co-sponsored by Pizzo and the Rev.
Scotty McLennan, dean of the Office for Religious Life.

"The real impetus for the Dalai Lama's visit this
time is his excitement about what Stanford is
doing by starting the Center for Compassion and
Altruism Research and Education," the Rev. McLennan said.

"He thinks it's important to use the language of
science to reach people. People will not listen
to him merely as a religious person. He says he
needs to connect with people using a language he feels is universal."

The Dalai Lama helped pay for the creation of the
research center with some of his book proceeds, McLennan said.

In East Palo Alto, De La Vega said she believes
the Dalai Lama's staff was referred to her by county education officials.

"I believe (the staff) called the San Mateo
County Office of Education and gave a profile of
what they wanted to see, and they referred them to us," she said.

"I was told that he frequently visits 'poor
communities.' Given that he is visiting Stanford ... Ravenswood was close by.

"I believe His Holiness will be here for about
two hours in the morning and has specifically
requested an audience with the students. All of
next year's seventh- and eighth-grade students
will be bused to Costano for the event.

"In May, we will prepare the students for His
Holiness' visit," De La Vega said.
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