Lisa and I were lined up at 4.45 in the morning to get in line for this. Because it was a free event, we thought we'd have to get there early to make sure we didn't miss out. Turns out we did need to get there early, but perhaps not that early. When we got there there were 4 or 5 others, and one guy who had slept out. He said that he was told to expect thousands to do the same.
It was an awesome thing to have participated in. Allot of people have asked me “What did he say?” and I reply that it was not so much what he aid, but how he said it. To fully appreciate his outlook, one has to understand where he has come from, and since I don't, I can only say that he is a very simple and pure person. He is like a 72 year old boy, and only speaks of what he knows. He said at one point: “This … this I know. Beyond that, I dont know”. Very much like the Sun Tzu's The Art of War, in that the statement is so simple, and yet, in the way it is said can convey so much truth.
Some other quotes from the Dalai Lama:
“Some people have 100 diamond rings. Why? You only have 10 fingers.”
“Practise compasion towards people, to the environment, to animals. Even insect. Perhaps malaria carrying mosquitoes are the exception! And bed bugs, you know when you are trying to have a good nights sleep, perhaps a stronger force is required!”
“Animals are beautiful and honest. More honest than human beings I think. Show them affection, and they will respect you, and show you affection without calculation.”
“Greed is an illusion”.
“Monks have nothing, but are rich”.