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Dalai Lama speaks in Los Angeles

Spiritual leader of Tibet makes appearance to close out tour of Calif.

Posted: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatzo, gives a talk on the effects of compassion to a crowd of 8,000 people at the Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo.

 

The Dalai Lama pointed out to a crowd of school children from a pew at the Forum in Inglewood, some of the 1,000 youngsters invited from the Los Angeles school district sitting in the audience. 

“The past is just the past. The future is open,” he said. “This is your generation.”

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, ended his tour of California with a talk at the Forum to an audience of about 8,000 people on Tuesday.

The public talk focused on the theme of non-violence and the effects of compassion in the 21st century with the hope of minimizing the stresses people face in the world today.

He spoke about the twentieth century as a period marking enormous scientific and technological advancement but also denounced it, noting World War II and the suffering it had produced. 

The message he wanted to spread was for greater global responsibility.

“We are the same human beings. We have the same potential,” he said. “Global responsibility relies on the oneness of 7 billion people.”

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet and is also the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.

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