Buddhist Monk Urges Compassion at ISU

Local News 8 (AP), Sept 11, 2006

POCATELLO, Idaho (USA) -- Just a year ago, the Dalai Lama visited Idaho to a rock-star welcome.

Phakchok Rinpoche, a 25-year-old Buddhist monk who shares his more-famous spiritual leader's robes and short-shorn hair, got a more modest reception from a full house at Idaho State University.

Followers believe Rinpoche is the reincarnation of another lama who died in 1979. Other members of his families have been revered as reincarnated Buddhist monks.

Rinpoche is on a five-month tour called "The Heart of Loving Kindness and Compassion."

He told people in the audience at ISU that many humans often look for reasons to be unhappy.

He says those people instead should seek compassion.