September 28, 2009
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Real change must start with individuals, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama [The Vancouver Sun]Monday, 28 September 2009, 9:15 a.m.


 
 Reverend Mpho Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama sit at the Chan Center at UBC Sunday morning at the beginning of the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit/Photo Credit: Stuart Davis, Vancouver Sun

Vancouver, Canada:
His Holiness the Dalai Lama closed the opening session of the 2009
Vancouver Peace Summit with a call for a global promotion of
compassion, and an increased emphasis on the promotion of women to
positions of influence.The hour-long discussion between the
five speakers focused on achieving world peace through personal peace.
Topics of education, self-awareness, and compassion were the focus of
the conversation.“Real change must start with individuals, then family, then community,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said as the session began.“We really need to embrace the concept of the whole world as ‘we’.”More
than a thousand people attended the Sunday morning event, World Peace
Through Personal Peace. Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean
appeared via video.Jean described the gathering of global spiritual leaders in Vancouver as “a dazzling constellation of global change agents.”She called on the guest speakers and the crowd to use the Peace Summit as a catalyst for change.“You have a unique opportunity to dream big,” she said.“Please be inspired. The world is counting on you. Peace is within our grasp.”Victor
Chan, friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and founding director of
the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education, confirmed from the stage
that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will not be attending the Peace
Summit due to an injured back.Chan joked that the injury may have been indirectly caused by Tutu’s love of loud music and dancing. Tutu is 78 years old.Earlier this morning, Hoshen Chi stood patiently outside the doors to the Chan Centre, waiting to enter the building.This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Chi, who has wanted to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama since he was 15 years old.“I
want to see what he’s like,” said the 26-year-old college student. “I’d
like to hear what he says about personal peace, because my life is in a
bit of turmoil right now.”Tom St. Clair and his wife, Marra, came from California to celebrate their one-year anniversary at the Peace Summit.St. Clair has seen His Holiness the Dalai Lama once before, but he said he wanted his wife to experience it.“It’s about him, but it’s also about the collective energy of the people,” he said.“The
people who go to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama all bring a sense of
peace and compassion, so all that energy is a really special
experience.”On Tuesday His Holiness the Dalai Lama will speak
at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver, which includes a
conversation with Maria Shriver, the wife of California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger.In advance of the Peace Summit, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, the in advance of Sunday’s Peace
Summit, the Dalai Lama was guest editor of weekend edition of The
Vancouver Sun.The Vancouver Sun will be donating 10 cents for
every special edition sold over the weekend to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama Centre for Peace and Education, a non-political, non-religious,
Vancouver-based charitable organisation focused on fostering personal
and global peace.

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