AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Dalai Lama’s much-anticipated U.S. tour, which was to include a stop at UMass Amherst, has been cancelled. The Dalai Lama came to the United States earlier in the week for a medical evaluation, but according to a statement from his office, doctors have advised that he take a “complete rest.” Because of that, he will be traveling back to India next week.
According to a UMass news release sent to 22News, people who purchased tickets to see the Dalai Lama on October 25 can receive refunds. Those who purchased via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded within a week. Those who bought tickets through the Mullins Center Box Office can receive refunds starting next Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. In order to receive a refund from the box office, you need to present your ticket and your original form of payment.
For more information on Mullins Center ticket refunds, you can call (413) 545-3038.
The Dalai Lama’s visit to western Massachusetts was also to include private visits to Amherst College and Smith College.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader for adherents of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, for his nonviolent advocacy for the Tibetan people. He has been in exile since the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.