The Dalai Lama Speaks About Compassion in Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA - The man credited for winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and being the 14th Dalai Lama came to Charlottesville Thursday to spread his message of compassion and peace.
The Dalai Lama spoke at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion to a packed house. This is actually his third time to Charlottesville. Two times prior, he spoke at UVA.
More than 3,800 people lined up at the crack of dawn just to get a glimpse of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
The event started at the Paramount Theater and ended inside a pavilion.
The Dalai Lama was welcomed by a standing ovation followed by dance song and gifts. Even the local mayor declared October 11, 2012 the "Day of Peace."
The Dalai Lama spoke about being more compassionate and educating the younger generations on how to do so.
"He was talking about compassion the whole time. So just try to be a better person - pay it forward," said Jess Robic, who was at the event.
He also talked about clearing the mind and choosing thoughts in order to find inner peace. As he put it, you create your reality in life.
Next, he spoke about not allowing material items or money rule you life.
Also, letting go of self-centeredness and greed.
"In order to get maximum benefits to yourself, you must take care of more people, then you get better future."
He said to not practice hatred within your religion because compassion is the root of religion.
"We need some effort to bring full conviction, practice of compassion, love, love and kindness," he said.
"Taking things out of the box of religion and just being a kind good human being," said spectator Ana Blum.
The last point was to love your neighbor as yourself. The Dalai Lama says we should consider all people our brothers and sisters because mentally, physically and emotionally we are all the same.