February 25: The Dalai Lama at The Forum

Photo courtesy of the Dalai Lama, Facebook

Following a grand re-opening concert by The Eagles on Jan. 15, 2014, The Forum has since hosted performances by Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, and Paul Simon and Sting. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, The Forum hosts a unique event featuring a very special guest: His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. His Los Angeles appearance is part of a four-day visit to California. Tickets to the event, scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m., are now on sale at Ticketmaster.

This rare opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama is presented by the Lourdes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports global relief, youth education and self empowerment. “The public talk will focus on sharing the value of social integrity,” said Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the personal peace emissary to the Dalai Lama. “This event will be open to the public and the theme will be non-violence and the effects of compassion in the 21st Century. It is hoped His Holiness’s words will make a significant contribution to minimizing the stresses people face in today’s world, where financial, environmental, and social conflicts are constant.”

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and he speaks often about the three major commitments that guide his life: the promotion of basic human values, the fostering of inter-religious harmony, and the welfare of the Tibetan people. The Dalai Lama has travelled to more than 67 countries spanning 6 continents. He has received over 150 awards, honorary doctorates, and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. The Dalai Lama has also authored or co-authored more than 110 books.

His tireless advocacy of nonviolence has garnered the Dalai Lama worldwide acclaim, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2007, the Dalai Lama received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by the United States. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Templeton Prize, which honors an individual who "has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works." When he accepted the £1.1 million prize at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Dalai Lama announced he would donate most of the money to the Save the Children fund in India, with smaller donations going to a science and religion group studying the effects of Buddhist practice, and a project that trains Buddhist monks as scientists.