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Electric atmosphere greets Dalai Lama's visit to Purdue

October 29, 2007

Journaland Courier, Indiana

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet showed a sense of humor this afternoon while he talked about "Cultivating Happiness" in the sold out Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University.

The atmosphere in the theater was charged with anticipation before the Dalai Lama stepped onstage. While the crowd didn't quite show the rowdiness of a rock show audience, the electricity in Elliott was the same.

People seemed to sense this was a historic event at Purdue.

The exiled head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was making his first visit to Purdue, and his fifth visit in 20 years to Indiana. His brother is a retired Indiana University professor living in Bloomington.

Shortly into his 90-minute speech, the Dalai Lama stopped and started untying his shoes.

"I'm used to sitting cross-legged," he said with a smile.

Wearing a red visor and a red robe while seated in an overstuffed red chair, the Dalai Lama was asked a question after his speech.

"What is your favorite color?"

Without skipping a beat, His Holiness smiled, looked at his red robe and said, "Green."

That drew big laughs from the 6,025 people in attendance.

In broken English, the Dalai Lama emphasized compassion and affection as the main sources of all happiness.

"My main commitment is the concept of a happy life," he said. "Much depends on having peace of mind.

"Everyone has a basic right to a happy life."
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