“Peace must develop here… compassion must develop here,” the Tibetan leader said to people who flocked to see him from across the country.
The Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of more than 10,000 at the YUM Center in Downtown Louisville. He said it takes a collective society but compassion starts with the individual. He encouraged tolerance and forgiveness to counter anger and hate, and was hopeful that this century would be one of peace.
“In order to create peaceful world, compassionate world, first, we ourselves, individuals, must cultivate compassion,” he says.
Jean Cole traveled from Cincinnati with her friend to hear the Dalai Lama speak. She said his words helped her put human behavior in perspective.
“I think that we all need to step away from the violence and step away from the selfishness and the greed, and get in our hearts and start showing more compassion to ourselves as well as to others and strive to create more of a peaceful world,” Cole says.
The Dalai Lama said he wasn’t in Louisville to try to get people to convert to Buddhism or any religion… but he said the messages of peace and compassion are values anyone can embrace regardless of their spiritual beliefs.