Albany, New York – May 6, 2009
On May 6, 2009 we at the World Ethical Foundations Consortium were honored to host
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's first visit to Albany, NY. More than 2,600 citizens of
Albany and the surrounding communities joined us in listening to His Holiness' public talk
titled "Compassionate Ethics in Difficult Times." In his address, His Holiness spoke of many
messages that sit at the core of this organization, such as the need for all of us
to foster ethics and embrace basic human values, especially during these times of
economic and socio-political turmoil.
Legs folded in an oversized chair at center stage, His Holiness spoke with a
comfortable candor, often pausing to laugh and look into the audience. He talked passionately
about the importance of ethics in today's world, highlighting it as the missing ingredient
in politics, business and religion.
His Holiness took time out to present Clare and Sara Bronfman, along with several local leaders,
with white silk scarves called "kataks," which according to Tibetan culture symbolize purity.
When asked why he decided to come to Albany, His Holiness referred to our recent meeting in Dharamsala
where our discussions led him to determine that our genuine focus is to promote ethics.
Based on that finding, it was his moral responsibility, given his commitment to promoting basic human
values and secular ethics, to support others doing the same.
The afternoon's events were concluded by His Holiness showing his support for our conceptual
founder, Keith Raniere, by calling him on stage and placing a katak around his neck.
For Sara and Clare's personal reflections on the event, please follow the links below
to visit their personal blogs. We invite you to share your own thoughts and reflections in the
comments sections of these posts.
Sara: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Finally Came to Albany
Clare: His Holiness Inspires Us to evaluate
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