October 15, 2012 | « back

NECN.COM – Thousands turn out to see Dalai Lama in Boston

The 14th Dalai Lama delivered a message of compassion and religious harmony to thousands in Boston Sunday — all of them hanging on every word.

“I think his message is if you want to be happy, think of others. If you want to be miserable think of yourself. And that we’re all connected. And begin compassionate and loving toward others is being compassionate and loving toward yourself,” said Cathy Brennan of Boston.

Singer James Taylor warmed up the crowd at the Copley Marriott for the Dali Lama.

The exiled Tibetan leader looked at moving beyond the confines of religion. The well-known human rights leader and Noble Peace Prize winner urged people to embrace compassion — one of the first steps to changing the world.

“I think inner peace. First individual should create, then in the family… that’s the way you change,” the Dalai Lama said.

The 77-year-old spiritual leader and monk is in Boston as part of a series of events hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. His teachings are known all over the world more than 50 years after he was forced to leave his homeland when the Chinese invaded Tibet.