Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Celebrated Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Syracuse on Monday morning, bringing his message of “Universal Responsibility” to University Hill.
Two days of panel discussions began Monday with a symposium on the Middle East. The 77-year-old Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, is the centerpiece of the "Common Ground for Peace" gatherings.
The event began with panel discussions in Goldstein Auditorium at the Schine Center on the Syracuse University campus.
Panelists include former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Nobel laureates Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and Shirin Ebadi, and author Irshad Manji.
On Monday, panelists presented different ideas of peace. But the Dalai Lama was the center of the scholarly gathering.
The Dalai Lama says that peace can’t simply be the absence of war. To that end, he has emphasized a concept of global community.
"So here we have to sort of develop concept of, the entire 7 billion human beings are one family. So the concept of we, entire world, is part of we,” the Dalai Lama said. "Violence never solved problems, only way to solve problems is through talk, dialogue, so as I mentioned earlier, respect others, even your enemy."
He acknowledges that differences will always exist between people, but he told the nearly 1,000 people in the auditorium that societies and people need to solve differences through peaceful means.
The Dalai Lama had a special message for students who attended the Monday event.
"The future yet to come, so the future depends on present. So this generation, young generation you can make this century much peaceful,” he said.
The Dalai Lama's last visit to the Salt City was 33 years ago Monday.
Among the performers on the lineup for a related concert Tuesday are Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Nas, Cyndi Lauper, Engelbert Humperdinck, Roberta Flack, David Crosby and Nelly Furtado.
Organizers anticipate 24,000 people will attend the event at the Dome.
Parking for the concert on Tuesday will be $10 at Skytop and Manley field house, with shuttles to the Carrier Dome. Gates open at 5 p.m. SU staff encourage people to arrive as early as possible and be mindful of certain restrictions.
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