Palo Alto, California, USA, 14 October 2010 - The community of Stanford University gave a very positive and warm reception to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he began his engagements in the University town of Palo Alto on October 14, 2010. In the morning he shared his thoughts on “The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society at a public talk while in the afternoon he talked about a Meaningful Life as part of Harry’s Last Lecture series. His Holiness concluded his engagement for the day by meeting with Chinese and Tibetan students and scholars.
In the morning, as His Holiness entered the Maples Pavilion, the arena where over 6,500 university students, faculty and staff, as well as other people had gathered to hear the public talk, he was given a standing ovation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with James Doty at Maples Pavilion on October 14th, 2010. Photo/Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service
His Holiness outlined three ways in which the promotion of fundamental human values can be approached. These were theistic, non-theistic, andsecular ethics way.
Those people who follow theistic religions have belief in God the creator who is infinite love. These individuals submit themselves totally to God and through this process promote human values.
For those individuals who follow non-theistic religions, they are moved by the law of causality where your action determines the outcome. In order to attain a happy life they are encouraged to proceed on the path of promoting human values.
|Some of the audience of 6,500 who came to Maples Pavilion to listen to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on October 14th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL|
|His Holiness waves to the audience at Memorial Church in Palo Alto on October 14th, 2010. Photo/Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service|
|Memorial Church in Palo Alto where His Holiness the Dalai Lama took part in the Rathbun Lectures on October 14th, 2010. Photo/Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service|
His Holiness interacting with students and faculty from Stanford University on October 14th, 2010. Photo/OHHDL