His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Louisville on May 19-21, and tickets for his appearances will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23. Tickets can be purchased from Ticket Master and the Yum Center Box Office, and online HERE.
16,000 tickets will be available for the Public Talk on May 19, at prices ranging between $5 and $100. 10,000 tickets for the Public Teaching, to be held on May 20, at prices ranging between $35 and $75.
Louisville’s Tibetan Buddhist Center, the Drepung Gomang Institute, and the City of Louisville will be hosting the three-day event, called “Engaging Compassion,” which will begin on Sunday, May 19 at the YUM! Center when the Dalai Lama will present a public talk to an expected crowd of 16,000.
The Dalai Lama has been the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor and is known around the world as a spokesman for the non-violent, peaceful and compassionate resolution of human conflict.
The Dalai Lama’s talk will focus on how individuals can engage with compassion from within his or her own religious tradition in order to build world peace from the local level to the world community. The two-hour presentation will include a strong interfaith component followed by interaction with local interfaith religious dignitaries and other leaders.
On Monday, May 20, the Dalai Lama will give a two-part public Buddhist teaching in the morning and afternoon. This event is expected to draw a large crowd of people wishing to explore and deepen their understanding of the Buddhist faith. The teaching is called “Attisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.” Both events are open to all.
On Tuesday, May 21, His Holiness will address middle, high school, and college-aged students at the Kentucky Center. Educating young people on the path of non-violence and compassion is dear to the Dalai Lama’s heart. In addition to His Holiness’ speaking engagements, organizers are planning the three-day event to include a rich program of music, arts, cultural performances, dialogue and discussions that will touch the entire community of Louisville and raise awareness around the topic of compassion and kindness.