On April 24, 2009 His Holiness the Dalai Lama made an historic fourth visit to the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara, the first visit since an endowed professorship (the XIVth Dalai Lama Chair of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies) was established in his honor. The Dalai Lama was invited to campus by Prof. José Cabezón, the current holder of the Dalai Lama Chair.
His Holiness gave two public lectures to sold-out audiences at the University Events Center, with 5000 people in attendance at each event. This was an extraordinary opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the Santa Barbara and surrounding communities to listen and learn from one of the great religious thinkers of our time.
During his visit to campus, the Dalai Lama also gave a press briefing for local and international media, and addressed a luncheon hosted by Chancellor Henry Yang and Dilling Yang in honor of patrons to the Dalai Lama Endowment and distinguished guests.
The planning of the visit of His Holiness involved dozens of individuals from across the campus. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped with the organization of the various aspects of the Dalai Lama’s visit. The organizers would also like to express their gratitude to the staff of the Office of Tibet in New York, to the Private Office of the Dalai Lama, and to Dr. Thubten Jinpa, His Holiness’ most able interpreter.
Most of all, we would like to thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for gracing us with his presence, and for his inspiring lectures.