Dalai Lama Celebrates 80th Birthday With 3-Day Event in Orange County

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The Dalai Lama takes to the stage to address the faithful in Aldershot on June 29, 2015, which has a large Nepalese Buddhist community made up mainly of serving and retired Gurkha soldiers. (Credit: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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A three-day jubilee commemorating the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday kicks off Sunday with the Nobel Peace Prize winner lecturing on creativity and compassion before a sold-out crowd at Anaheim's Honda Center.

The Dalai Lama's public talk, which will be streamed online, will close out the Global Compassion Summit's first day, packed with musical performances and well-wishes from a far-flung group of celebrities and global luminaries.

Iranian human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi is among those scheduled to pay tribute to the Dalai Lama on stage Sunday, along with Ann Curry, Julia Ormond, Sharon Stone, Zendaya and George Lopez. Performers include Michael Franti and the avante-garde circus troupe Lucent Dossier Experience.

In lieu of gifts, organizers have asked supporters around the world to document acts of compassion using social media and share photos, videos and writings with the hashtag #withcompassion.

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