International peace icon Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, returned to Long Beach to deliver a public address at the Long Beach Arena on April 21. Titled “Peace of Mind in Troubled Times,” the speech covered how to cultivate generosity, humility, and equanimity– universal themes that have made him one of the world’s most beloved spiritual teachers. An advocate of social justice and nonviolence, the Dalai Lama continues to travel widely to promote a more open, just, and democratic world. The Tibetan leader officially devolved his political leadership last year but remains the head of Tibetan Buddhism.
In a press preview talk the day prior, he touched on his main goals in life, of promoting human compassion and tolerance, encouraging religious harmony and understanding, and addressing the Tibetan struggle for justice. When asked about the recent self-immolations of Tibetan monks, he commented that it was a very political issue but said it was very sad and that people need to investigate for themselves why it is happening.
Although the Dalai Lama was in the Southland last May, travel delays caused the cancellation of several engagements, including a public talk at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre. Local organizers were able to reschedule the event, this time at the larger, neighboring Long Beach Arena.
The event was sponsored by Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling, a local center for the study of Buddhism and Tibetan Culture, which is located at 3500 E. 4th St., in Long Beach.
“It is with extraordinary pleasure that we welcome His Holiness back to Long Beach on one of his rare visits,” said Dan Spellens, director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. “We thank Gaden Shartse Thubten Dhargye Ling for working with us on this one-of-a-kind event.”
Sources: Long Beach Convention
& Entertainment Center, Diana Lejins