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Louisville, KY (WDRB News) -- One of the world's most popular religious leaders brought his message of tolerance and peace to the Yum! Center. The 14th Dalai Lama wrapped up his first of three days in Louisville.
His holiness delivered a very basic message. One of peace, acceptance, and caring. And despite long entry lines that wrapped around buildings and across the Second Street Bridge this afternoon, audience members seemed pleased with the end result.
"It was nothing that I didn't already know, but it was really something to hear his message of compassion so simple and so clearly," said Amy Cotterill.
Long after the crowds emptied. And his holiness cleared the area. The basic message continued to resonate among those who heard him speak. A message rooted in compassion, and a message he claims will heal all conflict.
"Try and maintain a more peaceful mind, entirely based on sense of compassion, sense of other people's well being," said the Dalai Lama.
The lesson was heard clearly even by the youngest pair of ears.
"Maybe you can in some way convince them and the world will be better," said Anjali Chodha. Anjali and her dance group were chosen to dance at the beginning of the event. They said their performance was inspired by the lesson in compassion.
At nearly 78-years-old, the Dalai Lama addressed the Yum! Center with a lesson in tolerance.
"It is important to make a distinction. Faith draws your own religion, but also respect towards all other religions," said the Dalai Lama. He also called for an end to violence and the extinction of war.
"One person kills someone and we call them murderer, and he has to go to jail. A person kills 100,000 people, and we call them hero."
Audience members described it as an effortless yet effective address.
"It's nothing that we don't know. It's simple. It's kindness to others and treat others as human beings," said Amy Cotterill.
His holiness talked about starting with one person, and creating a ripple effect of kindness.
"It's a message we all need to hear every day," said Linda Bales Todd.
The Dalai Lama will give a two-part public teaching Monday. The lesson will focus on the basic teachings of Buddhism.
On Tuesday, he will address middle, high school, and college-aged students about the pat of non-violence and compassion.