Dalai Lama visits Philadelphia, urges compassion

July 16, 2008 4:34:17 PM PDT
The Dalai Lama made a return visit to Philadelphia Wednesday, 18 years after coming to the city the first time. The Dalai Lama arrived at the Kimmel Center amid the cheers of 2-thousand people who had come to hear the wisdom of the 73-year-old Buddhist Monk.

The spiritual and religious leader of Tibetans around the world spoke about Peace and Compassion.

Living in exile in India since a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising against China, the Dalai Lama has championed human rights, earning a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. In his speech, he urged not only military, but personal disarmament, by every individual.

It was the inspiration people paid $40 a ticket to hear. But, as the Dalia Lama enlightened inside, members of the Shugden Buddhist sect protested outside against what they call his hypocrisy. They contend the Dalai Lama has banned one of their prayers.

It sparked an emotional clash between protesters and Dalai Lama supporters.

Next up, the Dalai Lama takes his message of disarmament, peace, compassion and human rights to New York City where thousands of supporters along with these protesters are expected to be to greet him.