Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 4 October 2009 (By Max Harrold, The Gazette) - Know thyself and have an open heart toward others.
That was the simple yet potent message delivered to Montrealers yesterday by the Dalai Lama, who has come to personify laid-back cool among religious leaders.
The 74-year-old Buddhist monk and exiled leader of Tibet's 6 million people used little more than his famously down-to-Earth appeal in his talk about the power of compassion to more than 14,000 people at the Bell Centre.
'I speak to you not as a Buddhist, nor as a Tibetan, but as a human being to other humans,' said the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner who was on his third Canadian stop after Vancouver and Calgary.
'I'm not an expert,' said the never-married monk, with a hint of his well-known humour. 'But I believe warm-heartedness and brain development' are key. 'Parents must also provide maximum affection and spend more time with their children.'
Compassion leads to better health too. 'People who say