A Brush with Greatness

I just got back to my room after a wonderful speech given by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He was asked by a member of our Board of Trustees to come and speak with the students. I was amazed by how friendly he was. As he walked down the center aisle of the packed auditorium, flanked by Secret Service, he paused at the end of each row to shake hands and share a few private words with those lucky enough to be seated on the ends, or near the ends. He spoke about our roles as individuals in the global community for about 30 minutes, and then answered questions for the next hour. I, and many around me, were amazed at how personable he was. I’m sure if it weren’t a security issue, he would have had lunch in The Commons with all of us. I found his speech inspiring not because of its content, but because of its underlying message of compassion and tolerance.

Unfortunatley, this event was only open to Thunderbird students, and select members of the press, or else I would have posted about it. But I hear that he’s giving a 3 day teaching type thing in Phoenix starting Saturday, so if you can, I’d recommend attending.

1 Comment so far

  1. demooderew (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 5:10 pm

    The Dalai Lama is an amazingly humble and incredible human being. Pick up a copy of any of his books for a great read.



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