EUGENE, Ore. - Scalping
tickets may be legal in Oregon, but a follower of the Dalai Lama says it's bad
The Tibetan religious
leader is scheduled to speak May 10 at the University of Oregon. Tickets sold for
$20 are being re-sold by an online ticket broker at prices ranging from $225 to
$282 a seat.
In the contract with the
university, the Dalai Lama required the event be noncommercial with a nominal
Oregon State University
associate professor Jim Blumenthal is a follower of the Tibetan religious
leader. Blumenthal says scalping causes spiritual harm to a greedy seller.
He says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a
negative effect on the scalper's karmic disposition.