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Dalai Lama's Message Resonates with Thousands

By Joyce Kryszak


Buffalo, NY – His Holiness the Dalai Lama introduced himself Tuesday as nothing special. But this man of quiet humility brought a message of peace that resonated loudly with the crowd of 30 thousand people gathered inside UB Stadium.

His Holiness warned the crowd not to expect too much. He said he brought no special magic that would either entertain or miraculously give them peace. But many people gathered to hear him would probably disagree. Pamela Jacobs Vogt is a former UB trustee. Voght says that in that capacity she bestowed honors on many brilliant people. But she says none of them compare with His Holiness.

The Dalai Lama talked about peace in non-political terms. That was appreciated by UB engineering student Dan Peng. The Taiwanese Asian remarked that some Chinese students were protesting outside the stadium. Peng says it's a sensitive subject that His Holiness addressed in a more meaningful way.

But the concerns of Chinese students were not ignored. Earlier in the day the Dalai Lama met privately with a group Chinese students. According to UB officials, the students and the Dalai Lama candidly discussed the conflict between China and Tibet. After the lecture, engineering student Bhargov Patel says he was most impressed by the Dalai Lama's straightforwardness.

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