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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Maria Silva, a senior, is Co-Director of Social Issues at the Center for Awareness, Service, and Action (CASA). This role involves planning for the annual USD Social Issues Conference, and this year she is thrilled that in her role, she is responsible for collaborative events centered around the April 18 visit of His Holiness.

Maria is very passionate about social justice and is a strong believer in the interconnectedness of people. Having a background in service related work in the U.S. and as well as abroad, she notes, “the theme for the Dalai Lama's visit, Compassion without Borders, could not have better articulated what I stand for, what I try to work for, and what my future goals entail”.  Maria was fortunate enough to take a Buddhism class her junior year here and since then has become a sincere admirer of the Dalai Lama, His teachings, His life and His vision.  Last year, she had the opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama speak in Long Beach and notes that “His words still resonate within me, His message of compassion and peace is one no one should miss."

Planned USD events include:

  • Tibetan Film Series in Univesity Center, Room 129
    on Thursday evenings at 7pm (starting February 9)
  • Changemaker Bazaar (February 28)
  • Mural Construction (March 19 - 23)
  • Reflection Collage (April 20 - May 4).

More information on each of these events can be found on the USD Dalai Lama website

Tickets for USD current students, staff and faculty will be available on February 20 beginning at 10 a.m. via the USD Dalai Lama website or at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office. Please check back on February 20 to fill out an online reservation form. If your reservation is confirmed, you must pick up your ticket from the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office by no later than 4 p.m. on February 21. All unclaimed tickets will be sold during the public ticket sale which begins at 10 a.m. on February 22.

"The purpose of the collaborative events we are planning is to make sure the message of the Dalai Lama is not a one day thing but rather something we prepare for and reflect upon throughout the semester" Maria Silva

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama