Dalai Lama Visits The Lehigh Valley

AP, July 11, 2008

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (USA) -- The Dalai Lama has started a Pennsylvania visit with a call for cultural and religious harmony.

The 73-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared in Lehigh University's Stabler Arena on Thursday. He is at the university for six days of talks on a 600-year-old Buddhist text.

The Dalai Lama called for greater understanding among people with problems in common, including economic and environmental threats and religious conflicts. He said those have included some negative opinions of Muslims overall in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, causing innocent and faithful people to suffer.

The Dalai Lama has been the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism since 1950. But he describes himself as just one human being among 6 billion and says, "We all survive under one sun."