The Dalai Lama is visiting Hawai`i to discuss similarities between the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha and the Buddhist spirit of compassion towards others.
The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in Honolulu on Friday and greeted thousands of people this weekend during his visit to Hawaii.
Saturday the Dalai Lama addressed a full auditorium of college and high school students at the University of Hawai`i’s Stan Sherriff Center. His talk titled, "Educating the Heart" focused on practicing tolerance, perseverance, and persistence in everyday life.
He also met with Native Hawaiian leaders and visited the Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace over the weekend.
Sunday he spoke about “Advancing Peace through the Power of Aloha". He called the 20th century the century of bloodshed because many conflicts were dealt with through force.
“If immense bloodshed, immense violence in past century, really brought some good on this planet, then we can justify, but that’s not the case. So therefore there’s no other way except try to build this century a century of dialogue, century of peace. Peace through dialogue. Peace does not mean no longer any problems. Problems always there. We must find how to tackle when we face problem, not use force. Willing to listen (to) other’s interests, other’s view. That’s the only way.”
The Dalai Lama says Hawai`i’s welcoming spirit can be a good example of embracing differences without violence. He stressed the importance of education as the best way to increase successful resolution of conflicts.
The Dalai Lama’s visit is part of a new initiative from the Hawai`i Community Foundation called, “Pillars of Peace”. It will focus on intercultural exchanges among global leaders and the people of Hawai`i.
This trip is his fourth tour of the islands since 1980. After leaving Hawai`i, the Buddhist spiritual leader will travel to California, Minnesota, Illinois and Canada.