NEW YORK (RNS) In a city tired and edgy from a sagging economy, terrorist threats and a cold and wet spring, comes the Dalai Lama with a sunny message of hope.
Despite a seeming endless supply of disasters and global woe, humanity is generally doing a better job of things that it used to, the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate told journalists and followers Thursday (May 20) as he began four days of public appearances at Radio City Music Hall.
There are numerous "signs of humans becoming mature," the Buddhist leader said at a news conference at Radio City, which has become the spiritual leader's temporary home for the better part of a week. The Dalai Lama, 74, has spent most of his New York visit in sold-out teaching sessions on several Buddhist commentaries and texts, and a public talk on the theme of "awakening the heart of selflessness." The Dalai Lama also plans a talk Sunday at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St.


When asked the source of his hope, the Dalai Lama took a long view, noting that when he was born in 1935, the world had just emerged from one global conflict and was just years away from a second; in subsequent years the threat of a nuclear war was real and palpable. Part of the Dalai Lama's sense of hope is also borne from optimism over the long-term prospects for autonomy for Tibet, which has been occupied by China since 1959, with an exiled Tibetan government based in northern India. The Buddhist leader spoke of a theme from his latest book, "Toward a True Kinship of Faiths," about the need for the world's religions to find common ground, and cited the example of India as a nation which can claim some success for its religious pluralism. Before he was done, the Dalai Lama had one last reminder, for journalists and their role in promoting understanding and harmony.






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