The Dalai Lama will be coming to Berkeley to speak in February. Tickets are going on sale this weekend at the Tibetan Association of Northern
The Dalai Lama will be coming to Berkeley to speak in February. Tickets are going on sale this weekend at the Tibetan Association of Northern California's Richmond office. (Photos courtesy Sonam Zoksang)

RICHMOND -- Tickets to a February visit by the Dalai Lama, the revered Tibetan spiritual leader, will be on sale at the Tibetan Association of Northern California's Richmond office on Saturday and Sunday.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited the United States regularly over the past 30 years but has not been to the Bay Area in several years, said TANC volunteer Tsewang Gyurme.

The event, titled "How to Achieve Happiness," will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Berkeley Community Theater, on Berkeley High School's campus. Tickets are $50.

"The prospect of having his holiness is very wonderful," Gyurme said. "He is our symbol of struggle and of the Tibetan cause as well as our religious leader."

The visit is part of the Tibetan spiritual leader's Northern American Teaching and Lecture Tour for 2014, and will include other Bay Area events.

This public talk will focus on the importance of a balanced approach to life as a key to happiness.

"His Holiness will delve into the mechanics of the mind and its relationship with emotions such as anxiety and depression, which humans, by our natural instinct, strive to conquer, and peace and contentment that are our common aspirations," according to a TANC news release. "The discourse will investigate how to achieve that in today's increasingly connected and globalized society where individual isolation and communal apathy are still a reality facing our humanity."

The Dalai Lama, 78, considered one of the world's foremost voices for peace and universal ethics, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The award recognized the exiled Tibetan leader's commitment to peace and nonviolence over a 40-year campaign to end China's occupation of his country.

The theater has a capacity of nearly 3,000, Gyurme said, but only a few hundred tickets are for sale and are expected to sell out Saturday or Sunday. Proceeds go toward the Dalai Lama's numerous nonprofit endeavors, Gyurme said.

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ticket info
What: Ticket sale to see Feb. 23 event featuring the Dalai Lama
How much: $50
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Tibetan Association of Northern California office, 5200 Huntington Ave., Richmond 94804
Details: contact@tanc.org; 510-666-1355