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Dalai Lama brings peace message to thousands of concert goers

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama wrapped up a two-day world peace event at Syracuse University Tuesday night joining musical artists from around the world for the One World Concert.One of the overriding theme's of the Dalai Lama's visit, has been that one person can make a difference in world peace.
"One individual make effort, then ten people, then 100 people then 100-thousand people," said the Dalai Lama, while sporting an orange SU visor. "Try to educate people, try to make better awareness, that the ultimate source of peace and happiness is within ourselves.  Not from money.  Not from power."

In comments to the more than 27,000 people crammed into the Carrier Dome for the concert, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people said it is up to the young generation to fix the world.

"You should think seriously how to build this 21st century to be a peaceful century, a happy century," he said.
Often turning to an interpreter when trying to explain something complicated, the Dalai Lama offered suggestions on how to live a happy life, that included staying away from drugs, and showing love and affection to others.  

The concert featured more than two dozen acts ranging from rocker Dave Matthews to singer Englebert Humperdinck -- all promoting the message of peace.  British pop star Natasha Bedingfield admits it will be hard to keep the positive vibes going.

"You can't have an event like this and suddenly solve world poverty and the way people treat each other, but I think you can talk about it and raise awareness, I know I feel lighter after being here," Bedingfield said.

The Dalai Lama also says a goal of his is to prompt religious harmony, and that he believes there must be more of an emphasis on moral ethics in secular education.  The concert ended with all the participating artists joining together for a version of John Lennon's song "Imagine."

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.