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FAU Hosts His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Public Address
Historic First-time Visit to Palm Beach County

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 11, 2010) – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet made his first-ever visit to Palm Beach County on Wednesday, February 24, when he visited Florida Atlantic University for a public address titled “Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace.”  The Dalai Lama spoke to FAU’s students, faculty, staff and members of the general community in the FAU arena, as one of four stops he made during his visit to South Florida.
             “Florida Atlantic University was honored to host the Dalai Lama, a true messenger of peace, compassion and understanding,” said FAU Interim President John Pritchett.  “This was a historic moment for the university and truly a wonderful educational opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and community.  His Holiness provided meaningful words of inspiration, compassion and thought.”
            Prior to the lecture, the Dalai Lama presented Pritchett and Dr. Manjunath Pendakur, dean of FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, with a ceremonial kata, or white scarf.
            The Peace Studies Program within the College of Arts and Letters also hosted Expressions of Peace Week events at FAU’s Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter campuses preceding the Dalai Lama’s visit. The week of events was organized to encourage students and the public to become involved in discussions and contemplation on the complex dimensions of peace.  
            His Holiness the Dalai Lama did not accept any honorarium. Proceeds from the event, if there were any, went to charitable or educational purposes.

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