Dalai Lama-orama

Tenzin Gyatso, revered from age 2 as the 14th incarnation of the Bodhisattva (“enlightened soul”) of Compassion, will spend five days in Seattle nurturing seeds of hope with a series of lectures and affiliated workshops. Describing the future of humanity as “everyone’s responsibility,” the D.L. is reaching beyond the usual bigwigs to engage young people (from knee-high to college-aged) and inspire acts of kindness. (Currently, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is being labeled a “splittist” in China, whose rule in Tibet is again being protested in the streets of Lhasa.) This evening’s event offers music from Tingstad and Rumbel, Gina Salá, and Sukhawat Ali Khan; dance from Sufi Whirling Dervishes; photography from Phil Borges; and uplifting words from Rev. Samuel McKinney and Ishmael Beah, the former child soldier and memoirist (A Long Way Gone) who also knows a thing or two about rejecting violence in favor of compassion. See the official Web site for a complete schedule, with many events already full, during the Dalai Lama’s visit from Fri., April 11 to Tues., April 15. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., 254-0811, www.seedsofcompassion.org. $65. 7 p.m. JENNA NAND and BRIAN MILLER

Mon., April 14, 7 p.m., 2008

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