Hamilton, NY, USA, 23 April 2008 (Media-Newswire.com) - Nearly 5,000 people streamed into Hamilton, across Colgate's campus, and into Sanford Fieldhouse to hear His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak about happiness -- that illusive quality that all human beings want, yet find so hard to achieve.
Despite the audience's palpable eagerness for words of wisdom, he quipped that the chair was so comfortable he'd like to "sit without talk."
The Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile from Tibet since 1959, emphasizes that all people possess the ability to achieve happiness and a meaningful life, but the key to realizing that goal is self-knowledge.
Though his visit to Hamilton drew nearly 200 protesters, the Dalai Lama's infectious humility and undogmatic approach won over his audience.
Compassion, he said, begins when a baby receives nourishment from his mother's milk. "When warm-heartedness takes seed, it can transform to unlimited, unbiased compassion, not based on other's attitudes. That feeling can even extend toward one's enemy."
At 73 years old, the Dalai Lama credited his own peace of mind with his ability to maintain physical health. His day, he said, begins at 3:30 a.m. and includes eight or nine hours of sleep.