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This April, the Dalai Lama of Tibet will talk peace as part of his three-day stay on Oahu, where he’ll converse with local leaders and visit important cultural sites.
The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) announced that it will sponsor two public talks (April 14 and 15) that mark the start of a recent initiative called “Pillars of Peace Hawaii: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha.” The main goal of the program is to bring global peace leaders to the islands, where they can exchange ideas on how to promote peace in Hawaii and around the world.
A supporter of the Dalai Lama recently said that “peace is an active state of being,” meaning it’s not passive; therefore, the visit by His Holiness should inspire people to apply peace in their everyday lives. In 1989, the self-described “simple Buddhist monk” received the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle to free Tibet.
Both speeches will take place at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. The first one (“Educating the Heart”) is intended more for high school and college students, while the second (“Advancing Peace through the Power of Aloha”) is intended for the general public.
If you’ll be in the islands on these dates, then you should consider going to his talk. It’s a rare opportunity that doesn’t come around often. You can get tickets online, starting today, or pick up tickets from the UH Stan Sheriff Center box office, starting tomorrow. For those not able to attend in person, you can watch it on the Pillars of Peace Hawaii website once the talks are finished.
DALAI LAMA VISITS HAWAII 2012 • Peace talks: April 14, 130pm; April 15, 145pm • UH Manoa Stan Sheriff Center • For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org