An estimated 11 thousand people heard Tibetan Spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, speak at the University of Oregon's Matthew Knight Arena Friday. His message: peace and compassion. KLCC's Rachael McDonald reports.
The Dalai Lama was presented with the Presidential Medal by University of Oregon president Michael Gottfredson. The Tibetan Leader also got a U of O visor, which he wore as he spoke. He said being kind and compassionate toward others actually benefits ourselves.
Lama: "The best way to fulfill your own interest, since we are social animals, if we truly exist independently, then ok, then compassion, or sense of other's well being, is irrelevant but this is not the case."
Many who came to hear the Dalai Lama speak described it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. Vietnam veteran from Creswell just wanted to give his first name. Jurgen. he says he recently became a Buddhist.
Jurgen: "This session taught me a lot, peace, I was in the military for 25 years. So. I have 3 children. And I think I will pass on 100 percent of what he thought."
The Dalai Lama is in Portland for several events this weekend.
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