The Dalai Lama brought a message of peace and compassion yesterday to an audience of 8,200 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg VA. An even larger audience tuned into the live stream of the event which garnered 9,678 total views, according to the Office of University Relations.
Addressing the crowd in William and Mary Hall as "my dear brothers and sisters," the Nobel laureate said people must rise above hate, anger and suspicion and extend compassion not just to those close to them but to strangers and even their enemies.
Wearing his trademark maroon robe, the Dalai Lama delighted the crowd by donning a green-and-gold William and Mary visor for his speech. An assistant stood at his side helping him find the right English word at times.
The Dalai Lama’s speech, a student-sponsored event, was part of a tour of U.S. colleges by the spiritual leader, who calls himself "a simple Buddhist monk." W& M students led the charge to bring the Dalai Lama to campus. Collaboration among the Student Assembly, AMP and the International Relations club took place to fund the event.
The Dalai Lama, 77, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his leadership in the nonviolent struggle to liberate Tibet from Chinese control. He has lived in exile in northern India since 1959.
For those that missed it you can watch the video here