Earth Day Reflections — Dalai Lama Presents the Wege Lecture on Sustainability

Date and Time:
  Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 2:00 PM
  Crisler Arena, 333 East Stadium Boulevard
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Click to view a streaming video of the His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's "Earth Day Reflections" delivered as a special Wege Lecture on Sustainability:


We suggest that you also check the schedule for Michigan TV Channel 22 on Comcast cable in the greater Ann Arbor area as they will rebroadcast the talk periodically.

As part of 2008 Earth Day activities, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will deliver a special Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability at 2 PM, Sunday, April 20, 2008. This is sponsored by the University of Michigan OfficeDalai Lama Bio Pic of the President and by the Center for Sustainable Systems in the School of Natural Resources and Environment. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and Buddhist leader last visited Ann Arbor in 1994, when about 9,000 people attended a Thursday night lecture at Crisler Arena.

In addition to the public Lecture, the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ann Arbor included a day and a half of formal Buddhist teachings and an awards presentation sponsored by Jewel Heart, an Ann Arbor-based Tibetan Buddhist center; The Tibet Fund; and the Garrison Institute. For more information about those events, go to

His Holiness has long held views on the subject of the environment and has talked about it in the past. One address carried these statements:

"We are also being drawn together by the grave problems we face: overpopulation, dwindling natural resources, and an environmental crisis that threatens our air, water, and trees, along with the vast number of beautiful life forms that are the very foundation of existence on this small planet we share. I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources and, through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment."