The Dalai Lama to visit MIT, October 14 – 16

Press interested in credentials for these events at MIT must RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5.

October 1, 2012

Press Contact

Kimberly Allen
Phone: 617-253-2702
MIT News Office

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit MIT October 14-16, 2012, to participate in programs hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, marking the third year of the Center’s work as a think tank on fostering far-sighted ethical responsibility and enlightened leadership through education and interdisciplinary collaboration in science, engineering, business, and governance. The Center, which is a secular entity, operates under the auspices of the MIT Office of Religious Life.

Journalists are invited to attend any of the following events with the Dalai Lama. Due to security protocol, you must contact the News Office to apply for credentials to events with the Dalai Lama no later than Friday, Oct. 5.

OCT. 14: Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values and Well-being
A Talk by the Dalai Lama
Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, Marriott Copley

The Dalai Lama will present this talk to engage a general audience more broadly on the subject of ethics. Theologians Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk, and Father Thomas Keating, founder of a Centering Prayer movement, will respond to the Dalai Lama. “This is an historic convocation of elders who represent the highest contemplative wisdom of their faiths,” said Tenzin Priyadarshi, Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and MIT’s Buddhist Chaplain, “while transcending their separate traditions as moral authorities of world standing.”

OCT. 15: Global Systems 2.0
Panel discussions with the Dalai Lama and others

  • Panel 1: Ethics, Economy & Environment — Monday, October 15 at 9:30 AM (tentative start time)
  • Panel 2: Peace, Governance and Diminishing Resources — Monday, October 15 at 1:30 PM (tentative start time)

The highlight of the Dalai Lama’s three-day-visit is this forum in Kresge Auditorium at MIT, during which he will engage with environmentalists, economists, and technocrats, as well as political and religious leaders, with the aim of catalyzing fresh approaches in systems thinking for practical solutions to complex, global challenges.

The morning panel, Ethics, Economy, and Environment, focuses on the driving forces of the global system, refreshing a dialogue that the Center initiated in its 2009 conference on Ethics and the Environment. The afternoon panel, Peace, Governance and Diminishing Resources, examines the complex web of human impacts as nations compete for limited resources.

Details online at: and

Additional Registration/Ticketing Information

Enrolled MIT students will qualify for a limited number of complimentary tickets to the events. Students will be selected through a lottery, which will open on September 15, 2012. Students should enter the lottery online at:

Journalists interested in media credentials should contact Kimberly Allen at or 617-253-2702 no later than Friday, Oct. 5.

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