Protesters Gather Outside Santa Clara University as Dalai Lama Visits

The Dalai Lama spoke about ethics in business at an event at Santa Clara University's Leavey Event Center.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
By Bay City News Service: 

The Dalai Lama is visiting the South Bay Monday for a sold-out event at Santa Clara University that already drew out protesters the same morning.

The Dalai Lama, a 78-year-old Buddhist spiritual leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his quest to liberate his native Tibet from China, spoke about ethics in business at the 10 a.m. event at Santa Clara University's Leavey Event Center.

A group of protesters had already gathered shortly before 8 a.m. outside the building to protest what they say is the Dalai Lama's persecution and banning of Tibetan-exiles who make prayers to the Buddhist deity Dorje Shugden.

 "He's enforcing a ban that affects millions of people," said Len Foley, 46, spokesman for the group International Shugden Community. "We want the Dalai Lama to end this discrimination, to end this religious abuse."

The group said about 200 people are expected to come out today to the protests, which are taking place across El Camino Real from the event because university officials have banned the protesters from campus. The group held signs up Monday morning saying "Dalai Lama Stop Lying" and "Dalai Lama Give Religious Freedom."

 The Dalai Lama's visit to Santa Clara will wrap up three days of public events in the Bay Area. He also attended events in San Francisco on Saturday and Berkeley on Sunday.

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Mike February 25, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Who cares about this Dalai idiot? He is so 1960s and last year. Think for yourself and don't let so robed guru tell you how to live your life.


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