The Dalai Lama Will Celebrate His 80th Birthday With A Global Compassion Summit

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives to speak on "A Human Approach to World Peace" at Presidency College in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (Photo: )
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama greets the audience as he arrives to speak on "A Human Approach to World Peace" at Presidency College in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Bikas Das) (Photo: )

The Dalai Lama will celebrate his 80th birthday this summer with a Global Compassion Summit in Southern California, the nonprofit Friends of the Dalai Lama announced Thursday.

The spiritual leader will kick off three days of events focusing on the role of compassion in the world by speaking July 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, according to the organizers. The Dalai Lama's birthday is July 6.

The next two days of events at the University of California, Irvine, will include discussions with the Dalai Lama’s friends, fellow Nobel laureates, and other leaders with whom he has collaborated or shares common values on working toward universal peace, according to the announcement.

“His Holiness has devoted his life's work to positively guide audiences all over the world to open their minds and hearts to peaceful and compassionate existence,” the Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, the Dalai Lama's personal emissary for peace and the founder and chair of Friends of the Dalai Lama, said in a statement.

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Dhonden elaborated on why compassion was the chosen topic in an interview with The Huffington Post. Compassion, he suggested, is integral to addressing everything from poverty to war and violence.

"Compassion is the antidote to suffering. If you think of it this way, the cultivation of compassion has a direct effect on suffering. This applies at a personal level as well as at a global level," Dhonden said.

"A lack of spirituality and too much focus on selfish attainment creates competition, not with each other but against each other,” he added. “When you see the other as enemy, the result is destruction, even self-destruction. When compassion is applied, there is a respect for the values of others and it becomes important to coexist in an interdependent world.”

Dhonden grew up at Namgyal Monastery, the Tibetan Buddhist leader’s personal monastery in Dharamshala, India. Over the last decade, he has organized several of the Dalai Lama's global appearances.

He described Friends of the Dalai Lama as “dedicated to uniting a global audience and building a network of global innovators" in support of the Dalai Lama's vision in six areas: "human values, social integrity, inter-religious dialogue, environmental protection, compassionate education and ethical leadership.”

Anaheim was chosen as one location for the 80th birthday celebration, he said, in part because of its City of Kindness initiative. Similarly, UC Irvine, which hosted the Dalai Lama in 2004 and 2011, has “really carried on the values His Holiness shares. They value the education of the heart as much as they value the education of the mind.”

In particular, Dhonden pointed to a Kindness Month project and various efforts to promote compassion in medicine at the university. Behind both initiatives were UC Irvine students who had received Dalai Lama scholarships.

Tickets for the Global Compassion Summit events, which are being coordinated in partnership with UC Irvine and the Irvine-based nonprofit Center for Living Peace, go on sale April 2.

San Jose, CA

Metro area: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA<br>  1,247 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kluft-photo-Circle-of-Palms-San-Jose-April-2008-Img_0778.jpg">here</a>.
Metro area: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
1,247 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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San Diego, CA

Metro area: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA<br>  1,237 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_San_Diego_from_75.JPG">here</a>.
Metro area: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
1,237 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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San Francisco, CA

Metro area: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA<br>  1,172 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/da/SF_From_Marin_Highlands3.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
1,172 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Seattle, WA

Metro area: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA<br>  1,130 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Seattle_Ferry.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
1,130 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA<br>  918 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/92/Hollywood_boulevard_from_kodak_theatre.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
918 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Sacramento, CA

Metro area: Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Rosenville, CA<br>  751 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Sacramento_Skyline_%282%29.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Rosenville, CA
751 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Las Vegas, NV

Metro area: Las Vegas-Paradise, NV<br>  724 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Sacramento_Skyline_%282%29.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
724 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Oklahoma City, OK

723 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/44/Bricktown_Canal_Water_Taxis_in_Oklahoma_City.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
723 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

Denver, CO

Metro area: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO<br>  670 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/DENCP.JPG" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
670 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Raleigh, NC

Metro area: Raleigh-Cary, NC<br>  532 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/Downtown-Raleigh-from-Western-Boulevard-Overpass-20081012.jpeg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Raleigh-Cary, NC
532 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV

Metro area: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV<br>  527 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Cherry_Blossoms_and_Washington_Monument.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
527 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Austin, TX

Metro area: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX<br>  495 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/AustinSkylineLouNeffPoint-2010-03-29-b.JPG" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
495 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Portland, OR-WA

Metro area: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA<br>  475 Buddhist religious adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/TomMcCallWaterfrontPark.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
475 Buddhist religious adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Riverside, CA

Metro area: Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA<br>  449 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/18/Riverside_06Skyline.JPG" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA
449 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Salt Lake City, UT

403 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Utah_State_Capitol_seen_from_State_Street.jpg">here</a>.
403 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

New York, NY-NJ-PA

Metro area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA<br>  401 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  (Photo: In this March 26, 2012, file photo, One World Trade Center towers above the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson River in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City.)
Metro area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
401 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
(Photo: In this March 26, 2012, file photo, One World Trade Center towers above the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson River in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City.)

Orlando, FL

Metro area: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL<br>  391 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/Orlando_downtown_2011.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
391 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Virginia Beach, VA-NC

Metro area: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC<br>  372 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a9/Sunset-_Waves.JPG" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
372 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Houston, TX

Metro area: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX<br>  343 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/Aerial_view_of_Texas_Medical_Center.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
343 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Philadelphia, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Metro area: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD<br>  342 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/Independence_Hall.jpg" target="_hplink">here.</a>
Metro area: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
342 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Dallas, TX

Metro area: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX<br>  339 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_Dallas_from_the_Trinity_River.jpg">here</a>.
Metro area: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
339 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Phoenix, AZ

Metro area: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ<br>  320 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Phoenix_AZ_Downtown_from_airplane.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
320 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Chicago, IL-IN-WI

Metro area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI<br>  310 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4b/2011-08-07_2000x3000_chicago_from_skydeck.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI
310 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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San Antonio, TX

Metro area: San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX<br>  304 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/11/Rio_del_pasio_05.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
304 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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New Orleans, LA

Metro area: New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA<br>  304 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Altaner.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA
304 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Atlanta, GA

Metro area: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA<br>  286 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Midtownatlanta.jpg">here</a>.
Metro area: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
286 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Tampa, FL

Metro area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL<br>  283 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Tampa_Florida_Lawyers.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
283 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Columbus, OH

281 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/ColumbusNightSkyline2.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
281 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

Jacksonville, Florida

262 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:JaxLanding1.JPG">here</a>.
262 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

Miami, FL

Metro area: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL<br>  259 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Mouth_of_Miami_River_20100211.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
259 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Minneapolis, MN-WI

Metro area: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI<br>  215 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Minneapolis_05042012.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Metro area: Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
215 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Buffalo, NY

Meto area: Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY<br>  214 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. <br>  Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e7/20080310_Soldiers_and_Sailors_edit.JPG" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Meto area: Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY
214 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.
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Rochester, NY

211 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Colgate_8751.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
211 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

St. Louis, MO-IL

210 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/Tower_Grove_Park_Scene_1.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
210 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

Kansas City, MO-KS

209 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons.   Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Community_Christian_Church_KCMO.jpg" target="_hplink">here</a>.
209 Buddhist adherents per 100,000 persons. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Original photo here.

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