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Dalai Lama Promotes Compassion at Emory

ATLANTA -- Fans and followers started lining up two hours before the Dalai Lama presented his teachings on compassion at Emory University on Sunday morning.

"That's exactly why this crowd is so easy-going," said Emory parent Lynn Sankey, who bought tickets for the event three months ago. "Looking at all these people, I can't believe it. Everyone's going with the flow. It's a lot of people and a long wait."

Sunday was the first of a three-day visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who was named a presidential distinguished professor at Emory University three years ago.

The Tibetan spiritual leader received a warm welcome from a crowd of about 3,000 inside the Woodruff Physical Education Center, which was transformed to look like a Tibetan monastery.

He referred to Emory University as "my university."

"Of course, my contribution in nothing," said the Dalai Lama with a laugh.

But to Emory, the Dalai Lama's contribution is everything.

During a press conference, Emory University President James Wagner presented him with new science textbooks as part of a three-year-old partnership called the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.

"In our monastic institutions, the lessons of modern science must be included in the curriculum," said the Dalai Lama.

And in turn, Emory's curriculum includes the study of Buddhism and its meditative practices.

"So in both places, there has been progress," said Wagner.

The Dalai Lama's visit will include office hours, just like any other professor at Emory. Only his require a ticket.

On Monday, he'll lead an international conference on compassion meditation.

For more information on his schedule and tickets, log onto www.dalailama.emory.edu.