The Dalai Lama is coming to Charlottesville this week and preparations are underway for his visit, including series of events at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
PVCC is hosting a series of events all week on their campus. Officials there are hoping to build up enthusiasm leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit Thursday.
The events kicked off Monday with a lecture from Workforce Dean Valerie Palamountain. She spent three weeks in the exiled spiritual leader's homeland of Tibet last year. She was there through an education to employment grant, sharing ideas about training more Tibetans to work in the increasingly industrialized region.
"Some of the practices being used by China are going to have a big impact on the world - the greenhouse effect, the industrialization of Tibet. It's destroying part of the atmosphere," she stated.
Throughout the week, there will be various other presentations about the Dalai Lama and the history of Buddhism. Friday there will be a screening of the movie "Seven Years in Tibet. All of these events are free and open to the public.
"It's a super opportunity for Charlottesville, of course, for the Dalai Lama to visit here and we're very excited about it and the events at PVCC happening on our campus will augment his visit and we hope it will bring some added excitement and educational opportunities," said Anita Showers, the marketing & media relations manager for PVCC.
As for his holiness himself, he will stop at the Paramount Theater Thursday to participate in a panel discussion on compassionate medical care in the 21st century. Then he will address a larger crowd at the N'Telos Wireless Pavilion.
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