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Nearly 16,000 see Dalai Lama in person in Louisville

Nearly 16,000 people saw the Dalai Lama Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center as he spoke about compassion. Nearly 16,000 people saw the Dalai Lama Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center as he spoke about compassion.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer introduced the Dalai Lama. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer introduced the Dalai Lama.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Nearly 16,000 people saw the Dalai Lama Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center as he spoke about compassion.

"Welcome to engaging compassion," WAVE 3's Dawne Gee said on stage as she helped kick off the event.

"Please join me in welcoming His Holiness, the Dalai Lama," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer as he introduced him.

The Dalai Lama spoke and took questions from the audience, with his main message focusing on compassion toward each other and the environment.

"Compassion means being considerate of others well being, rather than one's selfish interest," he said.

In order to get inside to see it all, lines were long, stretching outside the KFC Yum! Center and onto the sidewalk of the Second Street Bridge. There even were reports that some people waited a state away in Indiana just to get inside. One man drove 15 hours to see the Dalai Lama.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," he said.

"I'm reading a book so it's good," another woman said while passing the time.

Those who attended said they left inspired.

"Even though I was up in the nose bleed section, I feel like I'm very close to him and his message. It was a beautiful program," said Wendy Cook.

Cook said it helps put her life in perspective and have peace begin with her. It's a message she came from Boston to hear.

When asked if she noticed Louisville's southern hospitality, she said, "Oh completely! People are very friendly! Your Mayor is amazing! He's fantastic and then all of the beautiful local talent who were part of the program. So my first time in Louisville but I hope not my last."

Sunday's event isn't the last one for the Dalai Lama. He has Louisville events scheduled Monday and Tuesday. For more details, click here.

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