At the KeyArena panel discussion, (The Dalai Lama) said that the practice of compassion "brings inner strength, calmness, less fear ... and, of course, sound sleep. I love my sleep," he said as the audience laughed.
Thousands turn out; Dalai Lama avoids politics
SEATTLE (AP) — In his first public appearances since arriving for a five-day conference on compassion, the Dalai Lama made no mention of the situation in Tibet, instead welcoming what he said was a new scientific interest in human emotion.
Organizers say the Seeds of Compassion gathering is essentially nonpolitical, but co-founder Dan Kranzler alluded to Tibet, telling the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader on stage, "The world knows the truth."
China's recent crackdown in Tibet has fueled protests that have disrupted the global torch relay for the Beijing Games.
The first event of the conference was a dialogue between scientists and the Dalai Lama about early childhood development and compassion. That panel discussion and a second Friday went smoothly with almost no demonstrators on either side of the Tibet issue.
The mood was lighthearted, with the Dalai Lama often joking during the first two events about his personal life, and reflecting on his own parents.
"I'm happy to be spending time sitting with experienced scientists of compassion," he said. "Compassion is the motivation, but the real factor is action to change."
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