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Speaking about compassion and universal responsibility, the Dalai Lama of Tibet will visit the Huntsman Center, Sunday, Oct. 18. Buy your tickets next Monday, July 13.




Please read this important update regarding this event cacellation.




Due to the tremendous demand for tickets to hear the Dalai Lama speak at the Huntsman Center, Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m., the University of Utah is releasing 3,000 obstructed view seats. Half of the tickets will be available for students, faculty and staff during a pre-sale Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. through Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. At the end of the pre-sale, the remaining seats along with the other 1,500 will be released to the general public. Pre-sale tickets can only be purchased online at
The obstructed view seats may not have a view of the Dalai Lama, but will have a clear view of a screen on the center jumbotron.

Tickets will be discounted to $5 for U students, with a limit of two per UCard; $15 for faculty and staff, with a limit of two per UCard and $30 for general community, with a limit of two tickets per purchase. Discounts for students, faculty and staff are only available if a UCard has not already been used to buy tickets.

To receive the discount with your UCard, click on the discount link to the right side of the event page and enter your eight-digit uNID as it appears on your UCard (do not enter a “u”). It is strongly advised to set up an account before tickets go on sale to streamline the purchase.

All local proceeds from the event will go the Utah Tibetan Association to fund the Tibetan Community Center, a gathering place to celebrate and encourage the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Because of the popularity of the event, it will be streamed live at

If you have questions regarding your purchased tickets, please contact the ticket office at 801-581-8849

By Jana Cunningham

Today, on the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the University of Utah and the Utah Tibet Foundation announced he will speak at the at the Huntsman Center, Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale, Monday, July 13 at 10 a.m. and will be available at or the Huntsman Center ticket office, 801-581-8849.

Tickets for U students are $10, with a limit of two per ID; faculty and staff are $20, with a limit of two per ID and reserved tickets are available to the community for $35, with a limit of six tickets per purchase.

The theme of the Dalai Lama’s presentation will be compassion and universal responsibility followed by a Q&A session. Guests are encouraged to submit their questions prior to the event at

“It is a great honor and pleasure to welcome the Dalai Lama back to the University of Utah,” said David W. Pershing, president of the U. “He is the spiritual leader of tens of millions of people and has shared his peaceful message with the people of six continents, Congress, Parliament and the United Nations. We look forward to his return to the Huntsman Center.”

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to the U campus was in May 2001. As part of his visit to Salt Lake City this fall, the Dalai Lama will also give the keynote speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions held at the Salt Palace on Oct. 17

The Dalai Lama has committed his life to three major principles, the promotion of basic human values in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture of peace and non-violence.

Exiled from Tibet in 1959 during the uprising of Tibetans against the Chinese army, the Dalai Lama escaped to India and established the Central Tibetan Administration to meet the needs of refugees and seek to maintain their culture. He has since traveled the globe promoting peace and compassion and in 1989 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle to free Tibet.

“His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is a gift to the world,” said Pema Chagzoetsang, board member of the Utah Tibet Foundation. “In today’s world, his message of seeking personal spiritual awareness to reflect compassion and kindness is more needed than ever. He has impacted millions of people worldwide through his teachings on human values, tolerance, harmony, peace and the genuine practice of loving kindness. The Dalai Lama has stepped outside traditional roles to make this world more conscious of our humanity.”

Prior to his address at 1:30 p.m., a cultural program celebrating the birthday of the Dalai Lama will be presented by the Utah Tibet Association and the Drepung Loseling Monastery Tibetan Monks. Doors to the Huntsman Center open at 11 a.m.

All local proceeds from the event will go the Utah Tibetan Association to fund the Tibetan Community Center, a gathering place to celebrate and encourage the preservation of Tibetan culture.

U co-sponsors include the Office for Global Engagement, the Asia Center, College of Social Work, Global Social Work, Global Health/Health Sciences, the Hinckley Institute, Tanner Center for Nonviolent Human Rights Advocacy and the Tanner Humanities Center.

In accordance with federal security guidelines, no guns or other weapons will be permitted at the venue for His Holiness’ visit to the U campus. Visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector and have their bags checked before entering the seating area. It is recommended that guests leave personal belongings at home to streamline the process. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.


Jana Cunningham is a communications specialist at University Marketing and Communications. If you have an interesting story idea, email her at