Irvine, California, April 2, 2015 – Friends of the Dalai Lama announced today that tickets for the Global Compassion Summit, the three-day, official world celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, will go on sale at 10 a.m. PDT today.

His Holiness will attend events on all three days, as world leaders, Nobel laureates, celebrity guests and artists gather to share their best wishes. With the intention of inspiring compassionate action within His Holiness’ diverse global audience, the Global Compassion Summit will spark dialogues on the role of compassion in the environment, the arts and youth leadership.

The event on Sunday, July 5, at Honda Center will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m.

His Holiness’ world birthday celebration will feature extraordinary performances by Tibetan children and world-renowned musicians, as well as a public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a discussion on Awakening Compassion: The Transformative Power of Creativity and Art.

“We are honored to team with UC Irvine, Center for Living Peace and Friends of the Dalai Lama to host an event of this magnitude, one that will be celebrated by thousands in person and millions of others around the world,” said Tim Ryan, President/CEO of Honda Center.  “With Anaheim’s ongoing initiatives focused on kindness, the Global Compassion Summit is a natural fit for our city and we feel privileged to be the kickoff event for something that is sure to generate individual and communal positivity.”

Two sessions on Monday, July 6, and one session on Tuesday, July 7, will be held at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine. These events will feature conversations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and world leaders on climate change and education, as well as a forum for His Holiness and other Nobel Laureates. Full details and schedule of events are at, which will be updated continuously as the summit approaches.

Ticket information is as follows:

Event Location:     Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Event Date:             July 5, 2015
Type of Event:        Single event
Cost per person:

$180 (all tickets plus taxes and fees)
$10 student

How to buy tickets:
Charge-By-Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Hearing impaired TDD:    1-800-731-1131
In person:    Available Friday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
Honda Center Box Office
2695 East Katella
Anaheim, CA  92806

Event Location:     Bren Events Center, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
Event Dates:         July 6 & 7, 2015
Type of Event:     Single events – 3 total
Morning session – Monday, July 6
Afternoon session – Monday, July 6
Morning session – Tuesday, July 7

Cost per person:

$10 for UCI students with valid student identification

How to buy tickets:
Online for public:
Online for UCI students: UCI Student Ticket Portal
Charge-By-Phone: 949-824-5000
In person: Bren Events Center Ticket Office, 100 Mesa Road, Irvine, CA 92697

The 14th Dalai Lama does not charge a speaking engagement fee and no aspect of his visit is being used to profit financially. The Global Compassion Summit and the world birthday celebration is a privately funded event.

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About Friends of the Dalai Lama: Friends of the Dalai Lama is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2014 by Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Personal Emissary for Peace to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Friends of the Dalai Lama facilitates the participation of His Holiness in public and private events. The work it delivers is based on Six Core Value Elements that enable each audience to gain a deeper and actionable understanding of His Holiness’ message on Human Values, Secular Ethics, Inter-Religious Dialogue, Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Compassionate Education and Ethical Leadership for the sake of humanity.

About UC Irvine: UC Irvine’s connection with the Dalai Lama dates back to his first visit in 1989. A subsequent visit in 2004 inspired the creation of the XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship. Since then, 12 scholars have married the values of ethical leadership, peace and positive global relations with the university’s mission of public service to the community with such projects as “Compassion in Medicine,” “Kindness Month” and the “Peace Flag Project.” The Dalai Lama spoke to a sold-out arena at UCI in 2011 and has maintained correspondence with students about gratitude and compassion in action. The Dalai Lama and UCI leadership are aligned in support of holistic education as a path to a better world. For more on UCI, visit

About Center for Living Peace: The Center for Living Peace is a non-profit organization founded by Kelly Thornton Smith that creates opportunities for people to find inner peace and purpose, discover their own gifts and talents, and share them with the world. Nestled inside a unique facility near UCI, public classes and program offerings encourage the community to turn positive intentions into action and to truly be the change they wish to see in the world. Get to know more by visiting