On April 18, 2012, the University of San Diego welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as he made his inaugural visit to San Diego as part of the “Compassion Without Borders” tour.
The Dalai Lama gave a talk titled “Cultivating Peace and Justice” at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 1:30 p.m. His talk explored alternatives to violence and the shared core human values that can lead the way to peace, justice and happiness. He also discussed ways in which people of all religions, and secularists as well, share values that can bring people together to contribute to peace and justice. His message of peace crosses all borders.
University of San Diego, along with San Diego State University and UC San Diego were honored to host the Dalai Lama's first visit to America's finest city. Working under the leadership of Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Personal Peace Emissary to the Dalai Lama, the two-day symposium provided a thought-provoking forum, inspired new discoveries, and expanded our understanding of humanity. The Dalai Lama shared his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today's society.