His Holiness the Dalai Lama Chairs Inter-Faith Events in Miami

28october20109Maimi: Hundreds of South Floridians, including several prominent religious leaders, visited Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach on Tuesday morning (26th October) to hear Tibet's spiritual leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama speak on the ``Significance of World Religions.''

Sitting onstage at the Jewish temple on South Beach, the Dalai Lama advocated for ``respect'' and ``compassion for all religions,'' saying that ``religious faith should be part of our daily life.''

``Of course I myself not practice 100 percent, but I try... so you yourself should try,'' the 75-year-old said to laughs during his hour-long appearance, adding that ``moral qualities of religion are basic human qualities'' that also exist secularly.

Dalai Lama talked about all world religions saying "All these traditions have the same message, the message of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment," he said.

In the afternoon, he spoke in front of 8,000 students at Miami university's Bank United Centre in Coral Gables. T he Dalai Lama instructed students that ``your job is to create happy world, peaceful world.'' He told them to prepare by ``not only taking care of your brain, education, awareness, of course important parts, but . . . your heart.''

``In hosting these interfaith events, His Holiness reminds us of the key role of tolerance and understanding in navigating the complicated times we live,'' said Nathan Katz, an FIU professor of religious studies. ``His message is one of unity and peace in the global community.''

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 October 2010 00:13 )