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Dalai Lama Addresses Thirty Thousand in Mexico City
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September 12, 2011

Richard Gere, a long time friend of Tibet and follower of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, introduced the Tibetan spiritual leader to the crowd at Mexico City's Cruz Azul Stadium.

Mexico City, Mexico - Before departing the hotel for Cruz Azul (Blue Soccer) Stadium to deliver a public talk on ‘Finding Happiness in Troubled Times,’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama briefly met with Governor of Zacatecas State, Sr. Miguel Alonso Reyes. During the meeting, Governor also extended an invitation for His Holiness to visit the State of Zacatecas in the near future. His Holiness in principal accepted the invitation.

At the Cruz Azul Stadium, 30,000 people gathered to listen to the talk of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On his arrival at the stadium, His Holiness was received by the members of the Religious Council of Mexico City. Richard Gere, a long time friend of Tibet and follower of the Dalai Lama, introduced His Holiness to the crowd.

The Dalai Lama began his talk saying 'We're all equal, we all want to have a happy life, and we all have rights to be happy.' His Holiness spoke for more an hour standing, as enthusiastic crowd of 30,000 people listened attentively to his talk despite strong sun in the early morning. Later, His Holiness attended to the questions from the audience.

When asked to comment about Mexicans carrying the Tibetan Flag, His Holiness said that in 1954 when he visited China and met with Chairman Mao Tsetung, he was told by Mao that Tibet had its own flag and Tibetans should use it. So if people complained about displaying the Tibetan flag, His Holiness told the crowd, you should tell them that even Chairman Mao had no objection to displaying the flag. As His Holiness narrated these words, all the people carrying small Tibetan flag raised the flags in the air.

At the stadium, massive banners reading 'Mexico loves Tibet’ hung from the awning of the soccer teams' benches and thousands of people were carrying small Tibetan flag, drawing the media's attention.

Later when His Holiness concluded his talk and when a host of the event delivered his thank you remark, the crowd recited in unison in Spanish a popular long life prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which says: "In this land surrounded by mountains of snow; You are the source of all solace and joy; All powerful Chenresig, Tenzin Gyatso; Please remain until samsara ends."

This was followed by the musicians of the traditional Mexican songs ‘Mariachi’ coming up on the stage and playing a very emotional farewell song for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The crowd also joined in singing the song.

Before he left the stage at the stadium, His Holiness had a group photo with members of the Religious Council of Mexico City as well as with the musicians of the Mexican traditional song.

In the afternoon, His Holiness departed for Leandro Valle Culture Center, where he addressed the Mexican educationists on "A Holistic Approach: Sharpening the Mind, Nurturing a Good Heart." This high profile talk was attended by one thousand members of the Union of Education Workers in Mexico. The talk was simultaneously telecast all over Mexico by Azteca TV.

After completing his three day visit to Mexico, His Holiness will depart to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where he has a two-day program scheduled.