Dalai Lama calls peace of mind key to happiness Crowd at Brandeis hears about Tibet, nonviolence

May 10, 1998|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

WALTHAM, Mass. -- He talked about the environment, the Internet, Judaism, and Christianity, whatever the thousands who came to Brandeis University to see him Friday and yesterday wanted to talk about. But in the end, the Dalai Lama talked about the things he and his admirers are interested in most: Tibet, nonviolence, the power of peace.

Students, refugees, senior scholars -- the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient won them all with his combination of personal humility and cosmic consciousness.

Speaking to a crowd of 8,500 in the Brandeis field house, the 62-year-old monk said: "During difficulties and turbulence in life the most-trusted protector and helper is peace of mind.

"Anger really destroys our peace of mind," he said, in English at once halting and eloquent. "Without peace of mind, how can we remain happy? Anger is the destroyer of our happiness."

A few hours earlier, he urged about 400 fellow exiles, who came from all over New England and eastern Canada to hear him, to continue rejecting violence despite the loss of their homeland.

"All creatures have their own homeland; all creatures have their own place," he told the refugees. "Tibet is for Tibetans. Be strong! Hold on in your heart. Keep dreaming!"

Between the two talks, the Dalai Lama met privately with a group of about 70 scholars from China and the United States to discuss his proposals for Tibetan-Chinese reconciliation, proposals that the Chinese government has dismissed scornfully as insincere plotting.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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