With His Holiness the Dalai Lama coming to the West Side Athletic Complex in Danbury today, there's going to be lots of activity in the city. Here's everything you might want to know about Danbury concerning the Dalai Lama's visit.
Traffic and Parking:
No roads will be closed, but expect congestion near WCSU's West Side Campus, located off of exit 4 on I84 East.
As for parking, according to the WCSU Dali Lama website: “All parking for the events will be off-site. Free shuttle bus service to the venue will begin three hours prior to the public lecture start time. The shuttles will run every 10 minutes. You will be asked to show your ticket before boarding the shuttle bus. There will be volunteers at the parking site to direct and assist you. Hang tags and maps to the shuttle parking lots were mailed with the tickets.”
See this article for more details on traffic and the WCSU Dali Lama website for more information on parking.
Also see Danbury Patch's commute section for real time traffic updates.
Places to visit and eat while in Danbury:
Go for a stroll or a round of golf. Or find some great food in the western area of Danbury. Or find some generally awesome places to eat right here.
Read about Buddhism and all things Dalai Lama-related on Patch's WestConn affiliated blog about this historic event. For example, do you want to know the basics of training your mind to lead a compassionate life, or seek change through constructive emotions? Or see where 'compassionate cities' are located, or read about some of the Dalai Lama's duties? Find these and more at The Dalai Lama at WestConn's blog.
Schedule and viewing options
- Thursday, October 18, 2012, 1:30 p.m. Public Talk - "The Art of Compassion"
- Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:00 a.m. Public Talk - "Advice for Daily Life"
Doors open two hours prior to the event. Here is the seating map for the Athletic Complex.
Tickets have been sold out since October 2, but the public is welcome to attend, free of charge, a live stream of the speech at the Ive's Concert Hall, also at the West Side campus. An online video stream is available here, and 24 hours later the talk will be posted on YouTube.
And remember: Be compassionate during traffic.