Dalai Lama’s talk on compassion has 144,000 US listeners

April 16th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamsala, April 16 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s five-day talks in the US city of Seattle have drawn more than 144,000 eager listeners, a spokesman of the Tibetan government-in-exile said here Wednesday. “The talks ‘Seeds of compassion’ began April 11 and ended Tuesday (April 15) and included discussions on scientific research into compassion, business philanthropy, inter-faith dialogue and nurturing kindness in children,” the spokesman said.

“The Dalai Lama wrapped up the five-day event with a panel discussion on spirituality and compassion with fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Demond Tutu of South Africa.”

Expressing concern over the crisis in Tibet, Tutu lauded the Dalai Lama for keeping a “joyous” nature even after 50 years of exile.

During the discussion on spirituality and youth, moderator Joan Halifax said the gathering was a reminder of how the world was “imperilled-most notably in Tibet”.

The panellists also included leaders from Buddhist, Catholic and Jewish faiths among others.

Earlier Tuesday, the University of Washington conferred the Dalai Lama with an honorary degree.

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to attend two conferences at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, from April 19 to 22.

The US State Department officials have already announced that President Goerge W. Bush’s special envoy will meet the Dalai Lama April 21 to deliberate on the current issue of Tibet.

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