The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dhondrub, is the exiled head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born to a peasant family on July 6, 1935 in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. He was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor, an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
The Dalai Lama will speak April 22 at the Sanford Field House as part of Colgate University's Global Leaders Lecture Series sponsored by the Colgate Parents Fund and security measures are ramping up already.
The Dalai Lama has been in the news of late because the Chinese government has been pressuring Tibetans more than ever to denounce him. Peaceful protesters are championing his cause on the world stage as China is hosting the Olympics this year.
"Because of the Dalai Lama's interna tional stature, extra security measures will be implemented," said Anthony Adornato Manager of Media Communications at Colgate.
For security measures, all lecture guests will enter Sanford Field House by way of College Street and through a pathway between the soccer and football stadium. Attendants and signage will help guide the way.
All participants will be subject to security checks, including metal detectors and possible searches," Adornato said.
Backpacks, large handbags, umbrellas, cameras, recording devices, and food/drink are not permitted and will not be allowed inside the venue. The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited. In addition, guests are strongly urged not to bring cell phones to the field house because security personnel are required to check each one. This will create longer lines at security checkpoints. Security does have the right to turn away any guest with an item not permitted inside. There is no bag check in the area. You will be asked to return to your vehicle or dorm to store your item.