Those of you who were unable to attend the Dalai Lama‘s speech yesterday were probably very upset. After all, you missed a global hero, a worldwide leader, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner give our community, and members of our generation, some very moving and inspirational advice.
Oh, and the most awkward typo that ever happened.
Yes. As reported by national news sources, there was some confusion surrounding the Dalai Lama’s last words—His Holiness asked us to spread his message if we agreed with it, and, underlining his infinite humility, to otherwise “forget it.” In a bit of an inverse-Cee-Lo-Green-moment, the closed captioning at the Rhode Island Convention Center suggested that Dalai Lama said what we would assume to have been his first-ever expletive.
Hopefully, the mishap did not detract from the rest of His Holiness’ words for any of you, but instead served as another fun memory of amazing typographical blunders. My other hope is that the Dalai Lama himself saw the humor in this moment—in part because I want him to have enjoyed his time at Brown fully, but also because he really did have the most adorable laugh.
He is a global icon. He stands for an unidentified amalgam of peace and love that transcends belief and borders. In case you’ve been living under a rock, he’s also coming to speak on Wednesday. So, cutting through the myth, who is the Dalai Lama? What exactly is his job? How did he get said job? Answers to these questions and more after the jump.
But seriously, Coffee Exchange or Blue State?
That’s right. A University press release revealed that the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, who recently made waves for posting on Facebook that “we need… an approach to ethics which makes no recourse to religion,” is set to deliver the Odgen Lecture next month. Let the SPG-style campout for tickets begin now. If the demand to see John Krasinski speak last year is any indication, mobs will be swarming for tickets to see him speak, especially since this is going to be a public event.
It seems like Brown is anticipating the large crowds; the lecture won’t be taking place in Salomon or on campus at all. It instead will be held in the Rhode Island Convention Center (a couple blocks west of Kennedy Plaza) downtown. The talk will be called “A Global Challenge: Creating a Culture of Peace,” but don’t worry if you can’t get a ticket. The 2:00 p.m. lecture will be livestreamed here on October 17.