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At Emory University, Dalai Lama Says Tolerance Is 'Essential' in Today's World

October 24, 2007

ATLANTA, Oct. 21 (AP) -- The Dalai Lama and other spiritual leaders
called Sunday for followers of the world's religions to work toward
understanding each other rather than bickering over differences.

The panel, which included Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas
Gandhi, stressed affection for others, even if they have differing
views on faith.
       
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"Today, the world is getting smaller," the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
said in English. "We really need closer understanding of each other.
It's essential."

The discussion was part of a weekend of events at Emory University
with the Dalai Lama, who has accepted a distinguished professorship at
the school. His visit will also include a free public talk at
Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta on Monday and the first of
many lectures to the Emory community.

Thousands filled Emory's gymnasium throughout the weekend to listen in
on panel discussions and hear the exiled leader of Tibet -- for which
he continues to seek autonomy from China -- talk about topics as
diverse as neuroscience and Buddhist meditation.

The Dalai Lama was presented Sunday with the Gandhi Foundation USA's
"peace pilgrim" award by several members of the Gandhi family. The
Tibetan leader said he has always considered himself a follower of
Mohandas Gandhi, who led a nonviolent uprising that eventually
resulted in India's independence.

Earlier in the day, the Dalai Lama delivered a lesson on the basics of
Buddhism from atop a wide, golden chair, flanked by Tibetan monks and
followers of other types of Buddhism. He described being tutored
starting at age 6 on Buddhist practices and philosophies.

"At that time, [I had] no interest," he said, laughing. "When my tutor
came, I used to feel like the sun was setting and it was getting dark.
As a young student, I always preferred play."

Laura Pavicevic-Johnston, a 20-year-old Tulane University student,
drove from New Orleans for the weekend of events with one of her
professors. She had visited the Dalai Lama's headquarters in
Dharamsala, India, a couple of years ago, but the spiritual leader was
out of town.

"I think it's amazing," she said of the Dalai Lama's visit. "Hopefully
he will come back to Emory often."

On Friday, the Dalai Lama was presented with a science curriculum
designed by Emory faculty and translated into Tibetan. Emory faculty
members plan to teach the curriculum to thousands of Tibetan monks in
India starting in January, part of a program requested by the Dalai
Lama to improve monastic education.

On Saturday, the Dalai Lama and researchers held a day-long symposium
about the effects of Buddhist practices on depression.

Although the Dalai Lama has honorary professorships at universities
across the globe, Emory is the only place he has accepted a teaching
professorship.

The Dalai Lama joins a prestigious group of high-profile professors at
Emory, including former president Jimmy Carter and author Salman
Rushdie.

His appearance brought with it high security, including a Secret
Service detail. Attendees at the weekend's events had to pass through
metal detectors and have their bags screened to enter the building.

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