Scalping Dalai Lama Tickets Is Bad Karma, Professor Says

EUGENE, Ore. (April 3, 2013()-- Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama's May 10 speech in Eugene, Ore., 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 that the event be noncommercial with a nominal ticket price, but the $20 tickets are being re-sold by an online ticket broker for $225 to $282 a seat.

A follower of the Tibetan religious leader warns that ticket scalping causes spiritual harm to a greedy seller.

Oregon State University associate professor Jim Blumenthal, who also teaches at Maitripa College in Portland, which is sponsoring the Dalai Lama's appearances in Portland, says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a negative effect on the scalper's karmic disposition.

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