The 14th Dalai Lama says compassion is the key to Indianapolis audience Saturday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- One of the world’s best-known spiritual leaders is in Indianapolis this weekend.  The 14th Dalai Lama is in the Circle City for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Saturday, the public had a chance to listen and even talk with his holiness at the State Fairgrounds' Coliseum.

For many people it was a once in a lifetime experience. An afternoon with His Holiness, the14th Dalai Lama. It was a conversation about his philosophy of using compassion as the pillar of world peace.

“I think man’s destroyer of peace of mind is fear, frustration, anger, jealousy. The mental antidote of that is compassion,” said His Holiness.

He encourages people to look at the similarities in each other because they are greater than the differences.

“That’s important in today’s world. We really need a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood.”

Climate change, the global economy, violence can affect us all.

“It is unthinkable these days killing human brothers and sisters in the name of different religious faith. Unthinkable,” said the Dalai Lama. He says change in the world starts from within.  A greater sense of oneness and compassion can make a difference.

“Violence never takes place out of compassion.”

The afternoon was not without its fun moments too. “I wanted to know if I could take a selfie you don’t even have to move,” asked one woman from the audience. The Dalai Lama was happy to pose with her.

In the end, the Dalai Lama’s message was simple, but powerful. Love, forgiveness and compassion can change each of us and with that the world.

“We have to think we have to work,” said His Holiness.

The Dalai Lama will address the nation`s mayor’s on Sunday.

His Holiness will also answer questions from mayors during a Q&A session following his remarks.

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