Dalai Lama touches 5,000
By Willie Kiernan
The Dalai Lama came to Colgate University and quipped his way into the hearts of the 5,000 people there to hear what he had to say.
"You young people belong to this new century and this is a prime moment for preparation of a peaceful humanity," he said.
Citing that the last century could be known for all the wars, he challenged the youth of the world to make the next 100 years the century of peace and non violence.
"You people are different than those before you," he said. "You really care about ecology and the earth."
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.
"Happiness at Colgate is about caring, for each other, for diversity and for knowledge," said Rebecca Chopp, Colgate President, in her introduction. "His Holiness seeks to teach us to have a greater understanding of happiness. Having already met him, I have been blessed and you will be too."
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.
"Firstly, optimism is a key factor," he said. "In spite of bad news and bloodshed, we have to look at the overall picture."
In coming in touch with our inner emotions, he said compassion is the antidote for fear, hatred and jealousy.