Dalai Lama Speaks to Crowd in Eugene

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EUGENE, Ore. — One of the most renowned spiritual leaders in the world spread his message in Eugene.

His Holliness the Dalai Lama delivered a big speech to thousands at Matthew Knight Arena Friday afternoon.

The Dalai Lama says he’s like any of us, just another human being. And that is what we all need to remember if we wish to achieve that peace and happiness we all seem to seek in life.

By foot, by bike, by bus, his followers came in droves, excited to see and hear His Holiness speak.

“Just to be in his presence, because he’s an enlightened being will be an experience I think,” said follower Jahna Frantziskkonis.

Cheers ensued when he took the stage to share his thoughts on how we could better live together.

“Each individual’s happiness very much depends on the rest of the society,” the Dalai Lama said.

He emphasized if we all remember the one thing we all share, instead of the differences, we’d all be better off.

“Suddenly these manmade problems certainly will reduce if we promote the constant oneness of humanity,” the Dalai Lama said.

The spiritual leader spoke for more than an hour, reminding those in the audience the future of their lives and the world is in each others’ hands. Many said he wasn’t just heard but felt.

“What stood out to me the most was his overall persona and aura was calm and peaceful, and I love how he spoke that we’re all one being, we’re all the same,” said follower Alisa Dan.

Feeling connected with his teachings, his followers hope his word spreads beyond the arena.

“I’m just hoping that everyone takes away a spirit of peace and spiritual growth that they will nourish within them. We’re planting a seed today that will hopefully grow into a forest,” said follower Bruce Coxen.

And as people left the arena, KEZI 9 News noticed that they were all smiling and there was a lot of hugging.

Part of the Dalai Lama’s speech was encouraging compassion, and you could sense that people heard his words.

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