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Tickets for Dalai Lama lecture available

March 5, 2008

The Ann Arbor News, USA
March 03, 2008

The long-awaited distribution of tickets for a free lecture by the
14th Dalai Lama will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Michigan Union
Ticket Office.

"We do expect a big crowd," Heather Gray, manager of the ticket
office, said Monday. "We've been on the phone all morning."

The free tickets are for the Dalai Lama's presentation of the
University of Michigan's annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on
Sustainability in celebration of Earth Day. The lecture is April 20,
from 2 to 4 p.m. in Crisler Arena.

Each person with a faculty, staff or student ID with picture will
receive two free tickets to the lecture, Gray said. If available, free
tickets will go to the public on Wednesday.

The ticket office opens at 9 a.m. The union opens at 7 a.m. Gray said
she expects a line to form for the free tickets.

The Wege Lecture is part of a weekend of programs by the Dalai Lama.
He will present talks on "Engaging Wisdom and Compassion" on April 19
from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. and April 20 from 10 a.m. to
noon.

Individual tickets for those talks cost $10 for a Saturday or Sunday
talk to $95 for a two-day ticket. Gray said tickets remain for those
talks. Those have been on sale since Dec. 10.

To purchase tickets, visit the union box office or
www.TicketMaster.com. The Web site for the Dalai Lama's visit is
www.DalaiLamaAnnArbor.com.

Seating for the talks will be around 8,000 in the arena, Gray said.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a Tibetan Buddhist leader who
is recognized worldwide for his message of peace and tolerance. Gyatso
is both the head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was
born in 1935 to a farming family in a small hamlet located in
northeastern Tibet. At the age of 2, the child, who was named Lhamo
Dhondup at that time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th
Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso, according to the Dalai Lama's Web site.

The Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara
or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and patron saint of Tibet.

The Wege Lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President and the
Center for Sustainable Systems at the School of Natural Resources and
Environment.

The Dalai Lama last visited Ann Arbor in 1994, when about 9,000 people
attended a lecture at Crisler Arena.

For more information, call the Union Box Office at 734-763-8587.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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