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Dalai Lama Speaks at SMU

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DALLAS -- Dallas packed the house at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU to hear a conversation with the Dalai Lama and to wish his holiness a happy birthday.

The big 80 isn’t until July 6, the same day as his pal President George W. Bush, but the Dalai Lama didn’t seem to mind the early birthday treatment.

“New month, new day; every day happy birthday,” the Dalai Lama said.

The Dalai Lama won a Nobel Prize for his nonviolent struggle to liberate Tibet, which has been under China’s control for more than 65 years now.

The Dalai Lama showed some Mustang love, donning an SMU hat during his remarks. His main message was one of tolerance between the world’s religions.

“Different methods, different philosophy, same goal,” he said.

A simple message from a simple man, more important now than ever.