San Diego, California, USA, 10 April 2012 - On his final full day in San
Diego during this visit, on April 19th His Holiness the Dalai Lama
continued with his theme of compassion without borders and spoke to a
sold out crowd of 13,000 people at the San Diego State University on
upholding universal ethics and compassion. He also participated in a
discussion on neuroscience and the emerging mind with scientists.
In the morning, His Holiness visited the Viejas Arena of San Diego State University and gave an interview to Maureen Cavanaugh of KPBS, the San Diego affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service. He responded to questions relating to compassion in the American society and on his devolution of political authority. This is being broadcast later in the day.
|San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders presents His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Key to the City in San Diego on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tim Mantoani|
Ms. Lauren Powell Jobs, in her introduction of His
Holiness, said his message was that altruism to our spiritual wellbeing
is a civic responsibility. She termed His Holiness a religious leader
who includes and not excludes. She applauded the approach of His
Holiness and the Tibetan people even in the face of “terrible experience
of oppression that continues even to this day.”
His Holiness then began his talk on “Upholding Universal Ethics and Compassion in Challenging Times”
His Holiness said he usually began by calling everyone brothers and sisters, through which he wanted to indicate that we are truly the same human being. He said we have the same potential for construction and destruction. He said fear, jealousy, anger, frustrations, etc. ultimately bring destructive action, both physical and verbal.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama adjusts his San Diego State University visor during his talk at the University on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|
|Some members of the packed Viejas Arena of San Diego State University listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking in San Diego on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|
|San Diego State University's Viejas Arena, venue for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk in San Diego on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering a question from the audience during his talk at San Diego State University on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|
|Members of the Native American Kumeyaay tribe perform traditional song and dance for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in San Diego on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow panelists during their discussion at the Scripps Institution in San Diego on April 19, 2012. Photo/Tom Mantoani|