Otago staff have responded with enthusiasm to the question, “If you could ask His Holiness, the Dalai Lama one question – what would it be?”
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, will visit Otago on Tuesday 11 June and speak at a question and answer forum to be held at the St David Lecture Theatre.
International Relations Coordinator Robyn Broughton says His Holiness really wanted to interact with staff and students.
As the capacity of St David is limited to 500 people, it was decided to run a competition to choose which staff and students can attend – asking what question they would ask the Dalai Lama.
The competition closes on Friday 19 April, but Mrs Broughton says there has been a fantastic response already from staff across the campus.
“We have had entries from across the board,” she says. “Right from PhD students to senior management.”
And the questions cover a spectrum of topics too.
“There are quite a few around how to achieve balance in a busy life, quite a few around His Holiness’s thoughts around the role of tertiary education for young people, some around how to stay positive, someone has asked ‘If you could be an animal, what would you be?’, another has asked ‘What is your favourite childhood memory?’.”
The final questions to be put to His Holiness will be selected by the national organiser of the Dalai Lama Trust, but Mrs Broughton believes there will be mix of serious and more light-hearted questions. Professor Mark Henaghan of Law will facilitate the session and put the questions to him.
His Holiness is visiting Dunedin as part of a national tour – also travelling to Christchurch and Auckland.
If you have a question for the Dalai Lama, it is not too late to enter the competition. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org before 19 April.