DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday began his fortnight visit to the United States by taking part in a two-day conference on Common Ground for Peace Symposium at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
Addressing the peace conference at Syracuse University on Monday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “genuine peace must come through inner peace, taking care of others.” Two days of panel discussions began with a symposium on the rise of democracy in the Middle East.
“What’s peace? Absence of violence is not peace,” His Holiness said. “Peace is something positive. Genuine, lasting peace is true, inner peace. You have to take care of others. Peace will not come from the sky. Peace must come through our actions,” he added.
Panelists included former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Nobel laureates Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and Shirin Ebadi, and author Irshad Manji.
More than 1,000 people, many of them students, filled Goldstein Auditorium at the Schine Student Center on Monday morning to listen to a discussion of the rise of democracy in the Middle East.
His Holiness will tommorow give a public talk on Human Compassion at the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, VA.
On 11 October, His Holiness will participate in a panel discussion on Compassionate Care in 21st Century Medicine in the morning in Charlottesville, VA. Later in the afternoon, His Holiness will give a public talk on Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World at the Charlottesville Pavilion.
On 13 October, His Holiness will give a public talk on Finding Common Ground: Ethics for a Whole World in the morning at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, VT.
His Holiness will give a public talk on Beyond Religion: Ethics, Values and Wellbeing in the afternoon of 14 October in Cambridge, MA.
On 15 October, His Holiness will participate in a day-long multi-disciplinary forum on Global Systems 2.0 as part of programs at The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will give teachings on Kamalashila’s The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa) in the morning as part of the 10th year celebration of Prajnopaya at the MIT.
His Holiness will give a public talk on A Global Challenge: Creating a Culture of Peace in the afternoon of 17 October at Brown University, in Providence, RI.
On 18 October, His Holiness will give a public talk on The Art of Compassion in the afternoon at the O’Neill Center, Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, CT.
On 19 October, His Holiness will give a public talk on Advice for Daily Life in the morning at the O’Neill Center, Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury, CT.
His Holiness will be having a one-day discussion on Contemplative Practice and Health: Laboratory Findings and Real World Challenges organized by the Mind & Life Institute at the Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University in New York on 20 October.
His Holiness will conclude his visit with a teaching on The Essence of Buddhism in the afternoon at the request of the Tibetan and Kalmyk Communities at the Lincoln Center in New York on 21 October.
Click here to watch live webcasts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talks and discussions from Syracuse, NY; Williamsburg, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Middlebury, VT, from 8-13 October.