Dalai Lama Gives Surprise Talk in Woodstock

September 24, 2006

Source: The Edmonton Journal

Wire Service: AP


On September 24, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama took Woodstock by surprise, offering a speech on world peace to about 2,000 people who gathered in a park on word-of-mouth alone. The spiritual leader to Buddhists worldwide squeezed in the visit to the artists' colony on Friday between scheduled appearances to receive an honorary doctorate in Buffalo and a teaching event in New York City. 'All traditions teach love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and discipline, perhaps with a different presentation, but the same inside,' the Dalai Lama said. 'God teaches us to love God and other people. Those who cause trouble in the world, their love for God is questionable. Different spiritual masters preach wonderful things and reduce human suffering, not create it'... The Dalai Lama was to offer a private teaching session Saturday to 500 Buddhists at a nearby monastery."