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Lectures, Events Surround Visit of the Dalai Lama

A series of lectures and special events will take place on campus and in downtown Santa Barbara in conjunction with the Dalai Lama’s visit to UCSB on April 24:
• Through June 14 at the University Art Museum: “Toward Enlightenment: The Sacred Art of Tibet” features important Tibetan paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries. The compositions reflect the purity and precision of visionary buddhas, bodhisattvas, archetypal deities, lama portraits, and protectors.
A reception will take place at the museum on Friday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m.
Admission to the museum is free. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.
• Continuing each weekday through April 24, KCSB will present on-air readings from the Dalai Lama’s “Ethics for the New Millennium.” From noon to 12:30 p.m., listeners can tune in to 91.9FM to hear readings of consecutive passages from the book, which is the UCSB Reads selection for 2009. The readings are also available through an online Webcast at <www.kcsb.org>.
• Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga St.: writer and photographer Thomas Shor will speak on “A Crack in the World: The True Story of a Tibetan Lama’s Journey to the Land of Immortality.” He will give a presentation of the Trulshik Lingpa’s journey to “open the way” to a hidden land fabled in Tibetan tradition. A donation of $5 at the door is suggested.
• Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, scholar-activists Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer will reflect on the Dalai Lama’s ideas and work as a religious leader, politician, scientist, and philosopher in “Why the Dalai Lama Matters.”
• Monday, April 20 to Saturday, April 25, at the University Art Museum: Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a symbolic Tibetan sand painting, or mandala. Created over time with precision and focus, the colorful and detailed mandala is a combination of imagery and ritual. The monks will work in public on the intricate composition, which will be destroyed in a closing ceremony as a reminder of the transience of life.
• Wednesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in the McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB: Visiting professor Barbara Gerke presents the history, literature, physiology, diagnosis, and treatment techniques of Tibetan medicine in “Tibetan Medicine and Healing Arts: An Introduction.” She will also discuss the education system for traditional Tibetan doctors in India.
• Friday, April 24, at 7 and 10 p.m. at Isla Vista Theater: Magic Lantern Films presents a screening of “Kundun,” Martin Scorsese’s epic film about the life of the Dalai Lama up to the time of his exile. Tickets are $4.
• Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in the UCen’s Flying A Room: A panel discussion hosted by the Alumni Association will address issues of ethics in the broader community. Panelists include Hanna-Beth Jackson, former California State Assemblywoman, who will discuss ethics in government; Judy Guillermo-Newton, director of human resources and organizational development at Montecito Bank and Trust, who will discuss ethics in banking; John Zant, a Santa Barbara journalist, who will talk about ethics in journalism; and Mark French, former UCSB women’s basketball head coach, who will discuss ethics in sports.