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
"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
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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