Global Education

Dalai Lama pleases crowd in Boston

By Justin Quinn
Published: May 2009

The Dalai Lama has recently completed a short tour of Massachusetts which included stops at Harvard and MIT, and an event at Gillette Stadium, open to the public.

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is the current spiritual leader and the head of state of Tibet. His work towards peace in Tibet has brought him to people’s attention all around the world, earning him many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

The Dalai Lama travels around the world talking to political and religious leaders as well as large masses of people. On May 2nd, 2009, he made his sixth visit to MA at Gilette Stadium.

After talking to the press and giving smaller conferences and talks at universities in the area, the Dalai Lama spoke in front of almost 16,000 people at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

The Tibetan Association of Boston, which raised money to build a new Tibetan heritage center in the Boston area, hosted this event.

The Dalai Lama gave two speeches during the day. In between his speeches, singer Nawang Khechog and the Tibetan Boston Dance Troupe performed for the crowd.

Among other topics, the Dalai Lama talked about Buddhism and highlighted the importance of peace and fulfillment in the modern world. Though his topics were serious, he did not to forget to include his sense of humor.

At the beginning of the talk, to the surprise of many, he pulled out a red Patriots hat given to him by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and put it on his head. The surprised crowd enjoyed a laugh, which helped make the prominent political leader a more familiar character.

The Dalai Lama spoke about the Four Noble Truths and introduced Buddhism in the morning, and after the performance, he went on to “The Path to Peace and Happiness.

The stage that the Dalai Lama spoke on was a spectacle itself; it was constructed by the Tibetan Association of Boston over the past couple months.

The stage took much time and effort to build, and required much work to complete. The Dalai Lama sat upon a nine-foot high throne on stage at the beginning of his speech, which was a magnificent sight to all who attended.
Security was high at the event, because of the Dalai Lama’s significance in world affairs. The police, though, effectively controlled the crowd and managed to keep the event running smoothly.

“Emotionally, mentally, physically we are the same. And more important, everyone by nature has a desire to have a happy life. said the Dalai Lama during his lecture.

The Dalai Lama is putting the money raised from ticket sales towards a Tibetan heritage center in Boston. Right now, Tibetan people in the area have nowhere to gather and to promote their heritage, which he is hoping to change with the ticket revenue.

The event appealed and inspired many, no matter what religion they practice.

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