Dalai Lama Cancels U.S. Tour, Including Address at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, MASS. — Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, has canceled the remainder of his U.S. tour, including a public appearance at the Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Oct. 25 as well as private visits to Amherst and Smith colleges.

The Dalai Lama’s office issued this statement:

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in the United States earlier this week for a medical evaluation. Upon completion of the evaluation, the doctors have advised that His Holiness take complete rest. As a result, His Holiness will be returning to Dharamsala next week and will not be able to visit the United States next month. We deeply regret cancellation of the visit and apologize to everyone who have worked so hard in organizing the visit as well as to the public who have been looking forward to the visit. We thank everyone for their support and understanding and would like to consider rescheduling the visit in the future.”

For those who bought tickets to the Mullins Center appearance, refunds will be available at the original point of purchase. Customers who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster online or over the phone will be refunded automatically within a week of cancellation. If tickets were purchased at the Mullins Center box office, the original ticket and form of payment must be presented. Refunds for tickets purchased at the box office will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 29at 10 a.m.

For information about ticket refunds contact the Mullins Center Box Office at 413-545-3038.

The Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to the Pioneer Valley was being hosted by the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute. For more information about the institute, contact Mary Jo K. Viederman at mj@mindandlife.org.

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