Dalai Lama to celebrate 80th birthday on July 5 in Southern California



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ANAHEIM, California — The Dalai Lama will celebrate his 80th birthday this summer in Southern California.

An announcement on Thursday says the official world celebration will be held on July 5 at the 18,000-seat Honda Center in Anaheim.

It will be part of a "Global Compassion Summit" that also includes two days of dialogues, panels and events at the University of California, Irvine.

It's the Dalai Lama's first visit to Anaheim and his third to Irvine, which is headquarters for the nonprofit Center for Living Peace.

The nonprofit foundation Friends of the Dalai Lama is presenting the event in partnership with the center and the university.

The Dalai Lama is a frequent visitor in the U.S. He has lived in exiled in northern India since fleeing his native Tibet in 1959.

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