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Dalai Lama’s Tulane commencement address

On a historic weekend in New Orleans, the Dalai Lama spread his message to citizens and college graduates alike: “Try to create a more peaceful world. That means a more compassionate world.”

Saturday’s commencement for Tulane graduates was one of the Dalai Lama’s final stops in the city. Preston Trahan made sure he and 14 of his friends were front row for the occasion.

“For a man that’s so worshiped by millions for his peace and tranquility, I’m blessed to be here,” Trahan said.

He certainly knows a thing or two about His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama: “He was chosen [by] the 13th [Dalai Lama] at the age of 2. He’s written 72 books; almost a book a year.”

Trahan and dozens of others in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome were ready to take in every word.

“Hope means something good. In spite of difficulties you must keep optimism and self confidence,” he told the graduates.

The Dalai Lama gave powerful messages all weekend long and even gave some insight into his life. He says if he wasn’t the chosen one, he would have been an engineer.

It was a full weekend of fascinating words and wisdom. Something people here won’t soon forget.

“My age already, is nearly 78,” His Holiness said. “Next, another 10 years: 88. Then, most probably, another 10 years: 98. So, I promise: my body, speech, and mind I dedicate to the wellbeing of others so hopefully your honorary degree will not spoil. Thank you! Bye bye!”