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Dalai Lama delivers compassionate message 2nd day of visit

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Dalai Lama continued his second day in Louisville with a two-part public Buddhist teaching. Attendees who purchased $35 and $75 tickets spent most of Monday at the KFC Yum! Center for an opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of the Buddhist faith.

The one day teaching event was open to those who wanted to gain a deeper insight to the Buddhist spiritual practice. "Engaging Compassion" is the theme of the Dalai Lama's visit and he communicated those principles during his speech.

Monks from Louisville's Tibetan Buddhist Center chanted prior to his appearance on stage.

The Dalai Lama's presentation provided those who wanted to be acquainted with traditional chanting and ritual. His Holiness, as followers refer to him, covered interfaith respect and compassion.

"And now religion, also now used for fighting. Unthinkable," he said.

The teaching, titled "Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment," included moments of spontaneity and personality. He joked about women wearing cosmetics when covering the importance of mental and sensory consciousness. "Inner beauty is the key to a happy life and happy society," he said.

There were also moments of criticism of self desires. "Society always want more, more, more. There's too much greed," he said.

The spiritual leader of the Tibetan people reminded the audience life is guided by three major principles: happiness, inter-religious harmony and non-violence.

The Dalai Lama is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Congressional Medal of Honor. He'll visit middle and high schoolers Tuesday at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

According to dalailamalouisville.org, the Dalai Lama doesn't charge a speaking engagement fee. The website, published by organizers of the three-day event, claims any funds raised through sponsorships and tickets sales will be used to cover expenses for the events "benefiting humanity." Any profit would be disbursed to charitable organization "under the advisement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

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