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"For a happier, more stable and civilized future, each of us must develop a sincere, warm-hearted feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood."

Seek peace from within, Dalai Lama tells crowd in Cornell's Barton Hall

October 11, 2007

By Krisy Gashler
Journal Staff

ITHACA - From the home of Cornell's ROTC program, His Holiness the 
Dalai Lama spoke today about peace.

Five thousand people filled Barton Hall to capacity for the first of 
three public events in the Dalai Lama's third visit to Ithaca.

"Genuine peace comes through inner peace," he said. "Internally, (if 
you're) full of hatred, full of suspicion, full of fear, then through 
that way, (it is) impossible to achieve genuine peace."

The Dalai Lama told his university audience that they could help 
alleviate inequality and suffering in developing countries by 
educating students from these countries.

"Bring or welcome more students from these poorer countries," he 
said. "Give them vision, give them self-confidence, give them skill."

He ended his speech by praising America's Peace Corps, instituted 
under President John F. Kennedy.

"Instead of sending soldiers, send more students," he said. "America 
part of humanity, Africa, same human family. Brothers, sisters who 
have prosperity, go (to) these areas and bring more prosperity."

The spiritual and temporal leader of the people of Tibet, the Dalai 
Lama stopped in Ithaca briefly on his first visit to the United 
States, in 1979, and then returned in 1991 for a three-day visit as 
part of the kickoff of the international Year of Tibet. He is in 
Ithaca for the dedication of the new North American branch of his 
personal monastery. He will lead a multi-faith prayer service at the 
State Theatre at 10 a.m. Wednesday and give an extended lesson in 
training the mind at Ithaca College Wednesday afternoon.

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