There won't be a red carpet required for this visit.
Just the most austere of provisions—like a meditation mat.
A long-awaited visit from one of the world's leading spiritual icons begins Thursday, when the Dalai Lama spends two days at Western Connecticut State University.
His Holiness—the unofficial leader of Tibetan Buddhism—will deliver a series of speeches at the Danbury campus.
Stay with Patch as we cover the celebrated visit, and check in with our devoted Dalai Lama page as the week progresses. We'll pen dispatches on it all—from medicine to uplifting speeches to possible traffic.
UPDATE: Dalai Lama Tickets Available (SOLD OUT)
Tickets—priced between $20 and $200—to see His Holiness in person went quick, but a video simulcast will be broadcast in the school's theater. (Ives Concert Hall, 181 White St. on the Midtown Campus.)
WestConn blogs the visit
Check in regularly with Western Connecticut State University's presence on Patch for insight into Buddhist healing, politics and spirituality, and the Art of Happiness.
Westside Campus Closed During Dalai Lama Visit
Learn who's protecting the Dalai Lama during his time in Danbury, and how local police are pitching in.
Dalai Lama Visit: Best Places to Eat in Danbury or, Dalai Lama Visit: Dining on Danbury's West Side
If you're coming from out-of-town, scan Patch's best bets before dining out. Top picks include Elmer's Diner, Panchos Tacos and Jim Barbarie's Restaurant.
Traffic Concerns During Dalai Lama Visit
With thousands of people migrating to Connecticut for the visit, expect heavy traffic. Patch has details on what roads will likely see the brunt of congestion.
Dalai Lama to Speak at WCSU in October
News of visit broke in January—read about the saga from the beginning.