The Dalai Lama in 2012. Photo by *christopher* (Flickr: dalailama1_20121014_4639) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Dalai Lama in 2012. Photo by *christopher* (Flickr: dalailama1_20121014_4639) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual of leader Tibetan Buddhism, celebrated his 80th birthday Monday by participating in a variety of events at UC Irvine.

The Dalai Lama started his day by joining scientists and activists in a panel discussion at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center on “The Effects of Climate Change and Taking Action to Resolve this Global Issue.” He stressed that residents need to care for the planet just like they care for their own home.

“We have to make effort,” he said. “Then, if you fail, no regret.”

He also took part in a picnic at UCI’s Aldrich Park and another panel discussion on wisdom and life experience.

Today was the second day of the Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to Orange County, centering around the spiritual leader’s 80th birthday, which was today.

On Tuesday, the Dalai Lama will participate in a panel discussion starting at 9:30 a.m. on “The Significance of Education in Advancing Universal Human Values,” also at the Bren Events Center.

On Sunday, the Dalai Lama began his three-day 80th birthday celebration in Anaheim with a speech and discussion at Honda Center in Anaheim about the “transformative power of creativity and art.”

The Dalai Lama has asked his followers to participate in a social media campaign documenting acts of compassion. The campaign, which encourages use of the hashtag, “With Compassion,” will include photos, quotes, video and other documents of acts of compassion that will be compiled into a montage to be shown to the Tibetan Buddhist leader.

More information on the Dalai Lama’s visit can be found at hhdl80.org.

—Staff and wire reports

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