Canadians Rush for Tickets to Dalai Lama's Talks

March 28, 2004

Source: CNEWS

On March 28, 2004 CNEWS reported on the upcoming visit of the Dalai Lama to Canada: "His Toronto event will be held at SkyDome and in Vancouver, tickets for two spiritual teaching events held in a 4,000-seat auditorium were snapped up in 20 minutes. A fight reportedly broke out when a man who'd stood in line for tickets found out the appearance was sold out after the Vancouver event was moved to a 15,000-seat venue, the extra tickets were sold out within days. It was a different story when the Dalai Lama last visited Canada in 1993. About 4,000 turned out to see him in Vancouver. Victor Chan, an organizer of the upcoming Vancouver visit who is also co-authoring a book with the Dalai Lama, suggested the Dalai Lama's message of peace and compassion is one people are craving in a time of post Sept. 11 uncertainty. He said the demand for spiritual teaching events is unprecedented. 'This is something I have not come across,' says Chan, who has travelled extensively with the Buddhist leader."