Dalai Lama touches Hamilton
American Chinese and Chinese students across the United States have been voluntarily and spontaneously staging a series of peaceful protests against the Dalai Lama's separatist activities as he tours the country.
Outside of the Sanford Field House at Colgate University, the protests were loud and relentless, however the Dalai Lama was able to find his inner calm inside and spoke easily and logically about the attainment of happiness before denying that Tibet was seeking to separate itself from China.
Using the word compassion as a cure-all for the world's ills, His Holiness said intelligence would lead us from compassion to trust and respect and tradition. It was Tibet's tradition that should be respected, he said.
"Find peace, then serve other people," he said. "Whenever death comes, it comes. It's tradition."
During previous speeches in his most recent tour of the U.S., the Dalai Lama has spoken extensively about the turmoil in his former homeland. Speaking in Seattle last week, the Dalai Lama said that Tibet cannot make any more concessions to China and renewed his calls for the government to cease its suppression of his followers and withdraw troops.
On the second day of his Colgate visit, the Dalai Lama was treated to the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center and a presentation of night time constellations above Tibet. The science center is named in honor of Ho from the class of '56, whose long-standing relationship with the Dalai Lama helped make the visit possible.
After the sky watching, there was a discussion held on science and religion with faculty panelists Lyle Roelofs, Vic Mansfield, Harvey Sindima, and David Dudrick.
Mansfield presented the guest of honor his new book, "Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics." He is a professor of physics and astronomy.
Sindima maintained that religion and scientific knowledge do not contradict each other. He is a professor of philosophy and religion.
Dudrick, associate professor of philosophy, cited the Dalai Lama for his intellectual courage his willingness to engage in discussions of science and religion.
Roelofs questioned his own feelings living his life as a scientist and a Christian. He is the provost and dean of the faculty.
The Dalai Lama responded with thoughtful answers laced with humor.