By CAROLYN THOMPSON
The Dalai Lama speaks as University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson, right, applauds, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, at the University at Buffalo in Amherst, N.Y. The talk is part of a three-day visit by the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his struggle for Tibetan autonomy. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
AMHERST, N.Y. — The Dalai Lama invoked a newly bestowed honorary degree Tuesday to advise educators to add "warmheartedness" to their lesson plans.
"The modern education system doesn't pay enough attention to the development of warmheartedness," the Tibetan Buddhist leader told a crowd of about 30,000 on the second day of a three-day visit to the University at Buffalo.
Such a quality leaves no room to exploit or bully others and is a cure to the world's social ills, the Dalai Lama said during an hourlong talk, delivered from a chair inside the university's football stadium.
The address was the featured event in a visit that began Monday with an interfaith service attended by about 6,000. On Wednesday, he was to take part in a forum at the law school on how Buddhism can influence law and bring about social change.
The Dalai Lama greets the audience as he is introduced at the University at Buffalo in Amherst, N.Y., Tuesday Sept. 19, 2006. The event is part of a three-day visit by the Dalai Lama, a Nobel peace prize winner for his struggle for Tibetan autonomy. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
The university canceled classes Tuesday in preparation for the visit, which has been planned for two years.
The Dalai Lama quickly accepted the university's invitation because of UB's large international student population — about 4,000 students — and its relationship with universities worldwide, Simpson said.
"This global reach was a major factor in his holiness's selection of this institution for an unprecedented three-day visit," UB President John Simpson said.
Before Tuesday's address, the Dalai Lama accepted an honorary doctorate in humane letters, and wasted no time putting it to use. "So with that degree, perhaps I could make an appeal," he said to Simpson and State University of New York Chancellor John Ryan about midway into his address. He asked that educators from kindergarten through college find ways to develop "warmheartedness or a compassionate heart."
The day began with a meeting with about 175 Chinese students on campus. Stressing that his visit was not a political one, "he assured them he's not anti-Chinese, that Chinese are his brothers and sisters," said Stephen Dunnett, vice provost of international education. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in northern India in 1959 during a Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation. His efforts for Tibetan autonomy earned him a Nobel Peace Prize.
Following his address, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery led a procession to a creek, where they were to disperse a mandala sand painting.