His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, considered one of the world's most influential spiritual leaders and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at William & Mary on October 10, 2012. The Dalai Lama delivered a lecture focused on the virtues of human compassion.
The event, which was sponsored by the William & Mary Student Assembly, was open to the public. Alma Mater Productions (AMP) - the student programming committee - along with the International Relations Club were also co-sponsors. Additional support was made possible through the Janet and Peter Atwater Lecture Endowment.
This fall, the Dalai Lama is visiting several U.S. colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. His lecture at William & Mary was part of a larger tour at a number of schools across the country, including stops at Middlebury College and Western Connecticut State University. In April, he spoke at the University of Hawaii.
The Dalai Lama has received many awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. The author of more than 72 books, he has traveled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama does not charge a speaking engagement fee, and no aspect of His Holiness' visit was used to profit financially.