index_09SANTA BARBARA—On Friday, April 24th, KCSB 91.9 FM, Santa Barbara’s only non-commercial community radio station, will air exclusive live broadcasts of two speeches by the Dalai Lama from the Events Center at the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The 14th Dalai Lama’s public lectures have been sold out for months, but listeners can tune into KCSB 91.9 FM or to KCSB’s live webstream (click here) to hear his lecture, “The Nature of Mind,” from 9:30-11:30am, PDT, and his follow-up talk, “Ethics for Our Time,” from 2-4pm.

UPDATE: Thursday, April 23, 2009: KCSB will be making podcasts of the lectures available online, and rebroadcast information will also be posted at a later date as well.

This visit will mark the Dalai Lama’s fourth appearance in Santa Barbara. The special broadcasts are the result of collaboration between KCSB-FM, UCSB’s Department of Religious Studies, the Buddhist Studies program, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. KCSB General Manager Erin Fleming says, “We at KCSB are very excited to make this historic occasion accessible to a wider audience.”

In anticipation of the event, KCSB 91.9 FM is also participating (for the third year) in the UCSB Reads common reading experience: each weekday at noon through April 23rd, KCSB will air live half-hour readings from the Dalai Lama’s book, “Ethics for a New Millennium.”

KCSB Broadcast of Two Dalai Lama Speeches
Friday, April 24, 2009: “The Nature of Mind,” 930am, and “Ethics for Our Time,” 2pm
Live from UCSB’s Event Center on KCSB 91.9 FM (; Rebroadcast Days/Times To Be Announced.

About the Dalai Lama: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is both the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile and a spiritual leader revered among Tibetans. With considerable influence over the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetans traditionally believe him to be the reincarnation of his predecessors. A noted public speaker worldwide, he is the first Dalai Lama to travel to the West, where he seeks to spread Buddhist teachings and to promote ethics and interfaith harmony. In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Among other awards, prizes, and honors, an endowed professorship – the XIV Dalai Lama Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies – was created at UCSB in his honor in 2001. This is his first visit to Santa Barbara since 1991.

About KCSB: KCSB offers a wide range of sounds and perspectives from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and gives year-round media training to individuals and groups who would not otherwise have access to radio resources. Both students and non-students learn to work as radio professionals in music, news, sports, arts, and public affairs. The vast majority of its programs are produced locally, but KCSB also runs popular national shows like Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News, and Alternative Radio.