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Monday, April 21, 2008

Dalai Lama - Its not all about raking in the $$$

alai Lama urges crowd to focus on being happy
600 to 700 protest leader's U-M visit

BY TINA LAM • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • April 21, 2008



The United States and other wealthy countries need to downscale their lifestyles and try to focus more on inner contentment, the Dalai Lama said Sunday.

There simply aren't enough natural resources on the planet to support all 6 billion people on Earth imitating western lifestyles. Because there are limitations on external material resources, but not on internal ones, it's better to seek contentment and peace rather than material things, he said.

The Dalai Lama gave two lectures Sunday at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, one on Buddhist texts and, in the afternoon, a lecture on the environment. Both were attended by more than 7,000 people.

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He said that although environmental problems like pollution may seem insurmountable, changes over the last 30 years or so have given him hope.

Among those on hand for the lecture were former U-M football coach Lloyd Carr and Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motor Co. Actor Richard Gere was in the front row for the morning teachings.

In the morning session, the Dalai Lama urged listeners to cherish others rather than themselves.

He sat cross-legged on stage, wearing a visor to protect his eyes from the bright lights, talking about the purpose of life: to live happily.

Happy lives happen when people are altruistic and compassionate toward others. Money and power will not bring happiness, he said.

"Many sufferings are the result of cherishing one's own self-interest," he said. "You must cherish others in the same way you cherish your own body."

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Contact TINA LAM at 313-222-6421 or tlam@freepress.com.

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