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Dalai Lama's 2-day trip triggers ticket frenzy: Spiritual leader to speak at Ithaca colleges

September 1, 2007

ITHACA -- More than 8,500 people will get a chance to listen to the words of the Dalai Lama during his two-day trip to Ithaca as part of his visit to the Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, his North American seat.

The Dalai Lama, who will speak at three events in Ithaca between Oct. 9 and 10, has generated rock star-style excitement in the community. Tickets for his speaking engagements quickly sold out. The Dalai Lama is coming to Ithaca to bless the land where a new monastery is to be built.

The visit will be the Dalai Lama's first to Ithaca since 1991. He will speak at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Cornell University's Barton Hall, at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the State Theatre of Ithaca and at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Ithaca College's Ben Light Gymnasium. All of the Dalai Lama's public appearances are sold out.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

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