Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 8 October 2013 - Amidst the flashing blue and red lights of the secure motorcade, the roar of motorcycle outriders and the clatter of a helicopter overhead, His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove from his hotel in Atlanta out to the Gwinnet Arena, venue of the day’s programs. He was met at the door by Emory University President James Wagner and greeted by the audience in the 10,000 seat arena with warm and friendly applause.
In his introduction, President Wagner mentioned that Emory University was founded by Methodists and has long been motivated to prepare citizens for life not only to do well, but also to do good. Paul Wolpe, the moderator, followed him saying that a university concerns itself with knowledge, but there is also a need for wisdom, deep understanding and insight. Therefore, he said, it was a rare privilege to be in the presence of someone who possesses wisdom, as he invited His Holiness to speak.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his talk on "The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village" at the Arena at the Gwinnet Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 8, 2012. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the Gwinnet Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 8, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during his talk at the Gwinnet Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 8, 2012. Photo/Emory University|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fellow panelists on "Secular Ethics and Education" at the Gwinnet Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 8, 2012. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|