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The Dalai Lama Speaks on Compassion, Peace, and Enlightened Thought

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Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


Williamsburg, VA. It was a dark and stormy night, and an overcast morning, but before I had driven halfway to my destination -- a presentation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- the sun broke through the clouds to enlighten the world.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, spoke on Human Compassion at the College of William and Mary to a live audience of over 8200, and another 9700 internet viewers on October 10th.

The Dalai Lama has promoted peace by visiting 62 countries on 6 continents, written 72 books, and received many awards, including the Nobel Peace prize in 1989.

Upon his arrival onstage, he was gifted with a William and Mary visor. Donning it inspired the audience's joyously wild approval.


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler



Rector of the College, Jeffery B. Trammell, noted that it was especially appropriate to welcome His Holiness to the campus at this time, the 250th Anniversary of the Commencement of Thomas Jefferson from the College of William and Mary, as Jefferson authored the Virginia Statues of Religious Liberties.

The Dalai Lama began his address to "Brothers and Sisters," noting that we are, indeed, all brothers and sisters in spite of our differences.


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


He said that "I feel, many trouble that we are facing, is our own creation," noting that too much emphasis is placed on differences, especially religious differences, as well as differences in race, color, and nationality; and that "if we go to fundamental level, we are same human being."
 

Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


He explained that the foundation of peace is compassion, and the foundation of compassion is right thinking.

When he said he had a story to share about former president George Bush,  eight thousand pairs of ears perked up.

"I really love him, really, very nice person on human level," said His Holiness to a clearly astonished audience. His Holiness recounted the first time he met Bush, mentioning that the encounter was casual and friendly: "immediately we developed closest feelings ... immediately, we became very close friends."


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


But the second time they met was after the invasion of Iraq.  His Holiness smiled as he said, "I told him "I love you, I respect you,  I admire you " but, (with) some of your policy, (pointing his finger) -- I have some reservation."


Dalai Lama at the College of William and Mary 10-10-12 by Meryl Ann Butler


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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing for over 25 years. She studied art with Harold Ransom Stevenson in Sea Cliff NY for seven years before opening her own art school. Stevenson had (more...)
 

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Thank you so much for a preview of what to expect ... by Nancy Lewis on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 5:37:00 AM
I am excited that you are going, Nancy! Please com... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:46:23 AM
Yeah, I really love psychopaths too.   In f... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 7:00:02 AM
... with what you say, but I will defend to the de... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:25:58 PM
Fun article. He looks so happy in the photos. And ... by Greg Tamblyn on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:12:59 AM
I think the bright lights might bother his eyes, h... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:19:38 AM
 I did  not really know for sure but I s... by Theresa Paulfranz on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:17:21 AM
Yes, I think you are right, that Bush 2 is a coupl... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:11:43 PM
This is one of the teachings we received many year... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:32:37 PM
I do apologize for responding to someone else, bef... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:29:50 PM
And, glad you liked the article - Thanks Alex!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 1:35:31 PM
... sitting there just a few feet from His Holines... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 11:24:07 AM
Nice thought, Meryl Ann - Thanks.First song on thi... by Greg Tamblyn on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:43:23 PM
 I love this song! ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 7:16:42 PM
What in the world?  Why is this person holy? ... by Lester Shepherd on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:42:31 PM
The Dalai Lama has done more than most people on t... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 7:15:05 PM
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, as per the teachings... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:42:50 PM
He says we are brothers and sisters in spite of ou... by Jim Arnold on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:39:40 PM
... because Buddhists don't believe in god, so I a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 6:59:21 PM
Meryl, The Tibetan sect is distinct in that it has... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:08:30 AM
imho it takes a big heart to reconsider a statemen... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:38:15 AM
We are all sons and daughters of the Divine.... by Alex Howard on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 12:44:20 PM
His face is just pure joy with that engaging smile... by Anita Stewart on Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 10:36:52 PM
That miserable phoney looted Tibet after the peopl... by Donald Forbes on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 7:10:15 AM
and empathy are the light.  The way is much m... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:43:15 AM
Stayed up to late watching the debate and debating... by Kevin Tully on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:46:09 AM
 Glad you liked it! I am still basking in Dal... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:24:49 AM
reply to MAB:   It is true that Buddhism do... by Ned Lud on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:30:43 AM
Love your article, Meryl Ann! I saw him the next d... by Lise Stoessel on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 5:44:27 PM
This is the 2nd time I've seen him, it is so wonde... by Meryl Ann Butler on Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:54:43 PM
Thank you for once more allowing me to live vicari... by Gail Davis on Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 6:18:25 PM
I'm thrilled to be spreading the "good vibes" of p... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Oct 13, 2012 at 7:29:11 PM
It was amazing and inspiring to see this man who h... by Nancy Lewis on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 5:55:20 AM
Thanks so much for the C'ville update. Somehow it ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 10:31:29 AM
And photos Thanks MA... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:25:43 AM
Thanks, Rob!  ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:35:56 AM
They have the same birthday, July 6th! (The Dalai ... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:42:26 AM
@'MA' and 'RK':   I hear they (Bushie and '... by Ned Lud on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 at 9:44:25 AM
reply to Alex Howard (et al):   I see the O... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 5:53:31 AM
Testing.   Testing.... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 7:10:29 AM
Further testing.   System check.... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 7:11:40 AM
Why not, sacred editors of OEN, remove my fir... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 7:19:53 AM