Dalai Lama encourages peace as he ends IN visit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Dalai Lama urged Americans to champion peace and freedom around the world as he spoke to several thousand people in his final stop of a four-day visit to Indiana.

The Buddhist leader told the crowd Friday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis that the United States will find peace if the whole globe finds peace.

He also encouraged people to strive for living a life full of genuine friendships and compassion.

The Indianapolis Star reports that about $123,000 in net proceeds from the speech will be shared by the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington and the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative.

The 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate also spent three days in Bloomington, where his late brother founded the Tibetan center.

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