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Charlottesville Prepares for Dalai Lama Visit

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Charlottesville is preparing for a visit from the Dalai Lama. Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, will make two appearances Thursday in the downtown area.

He will first talk to a group at The Paramount Theater about compassionate care in 21st century medicine. The talk is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Then he will take the stage at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion at 1:30 p.m., for a public talk titled "Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World."

The pavilion manager says expect long lines. They are expecting about 3,800 people for the pavilion event.

Security is going to be extremely tight for the visit, with the U.S. State Department running point and there some unique restrictions you need to be aware of.  People will have to go through metal detectors, cameras are not allowed and you will be asked to turn off cell phones.

Pavilion general manager Kirby Hutto stated, "Not quite as heightened a level of security, although it's certainly more than we do for concerts and other events here.  We're dealing with the State Department as opposed to secret service, so a little bit different protocols."

Gates open at 11:00 for the pavilion event.  Both events with the Dalai Lama are sold out but both will be streamed online on livestream.com.

His holiness is in Williamsburg Wednesday. He will speak at the College of William and Mary in the afternoon.

City of Charlottesville Press Release
Logistical Information Regarding Dalai Lama Visit

Please be aware of the following information regarding the visit of the Dalai Lama on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  

All city offices will be open. 

The Voter Registrar's Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to accommodate voters and those wishing to register to vote.

Parking will be limited on Seventh Street in the area of the City Hall Annex building.  Parking between the City Hall Annex and Herman Key Recreation Center will be available only for use by those people needing to reach the Voter Registrar's Office.  There will be no other parking permitted in this lot.  Traffic will be entering and exiting from the lot via the same driveway.  

There will be no parking permitted on the 200 block of East Market Street.  This applies to both sides of the street, in front of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library and behind The Paramount Theater. 

There will be no parking permitted on the portion of Seventh Street between City Hall and the City Hall Annex.

The Key Recreation Center will be closed for the day.

There are no anticipated street closures for this event. 

People attending either event or coming downtown for the day are encouraged to use public transit.  Information on bus routes can be found online here.

Those people driving into downtown are encouraged to use the Water Street Parking Garage.

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