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