University Prof: Scalping Dalai Lama Tickets Is "Bad Karma"

By Jim McCoy Tue 2nd April NewsDalai Lama in Oregonticket sales
Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama's May 10 speech in Eugene is legal in Oregon, but a follower says it's bad karma. When the Dalai Lama agreed to speak at the University of Oregon his contract required the event be noncommercial with a nominal ticket prices. The Register-Guard reports the $20 tickets are being re-sold by an online ticket broker at prices ranging from $225 to $282 a seat. A follower of the Tibetan religious leader says scalping causes spiritual harm to a greedy seller. Oregon State University associate professor Jim Blumenthal also teaches at Maitripa College in Portland, which is sponsoring the Dalai Lama's appearances in Portland. He says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a negative effect on the scalper's karmic disposition.

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