Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama's May 10 speech in Eugene 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 the event be noncommercial with a nominal ticket prices.

The Register-Guard reports ( ) the $20 tickets are being re-sold by an online ticket broker at prices ranging from $225 to $282 a seat.

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

Oregon State University associate professor Jim Blumenthal also teaches at Maitripa College in Portland, which is sponsoring the Dalai Lama's appearances in Portland.

He says ticket reselling for a selfish or self-centered motive has a negative effect on the scalper's karmic disposition.


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