April 3, 2013: KGW: Dalai Lama Ticket Scalpers Inviting Bad Karma

KGW.com  by Associated Press ~ April 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Dalai Lama ticket scalpers inviting bad karma

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama’s May 10 speech in Eugene and a Portland environmental conference 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. More: StubHub! Dalai Lama

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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