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His Holiness makes the most of his day in Iowa

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- With a standing ovation His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet made his way onto the stage in the McLeod Center. He seemed overwhelmed by the response.

During the morning's panel discussion on education and non violence the Dalai Lama told the crowd that a peaceful person can impact their environment more than an angry person.

"A more compassionate mind, the family is healthier, more humbling," said His Holiness.

Former Director of the Iowa Department of Education, Judy Jeffrey participated on the same panel as the Dalai Lama. She says the message he is spreading is universal.

"You really need to be the motivating force behind really creating peace and harmony in our world," said Jeffrey.

In the afternoon the Dalai Lama received an honorary doctorate from the President Ben Allen and the University of Northern Iowa. He also gave the keynote address to an audience of 5,400. He said we should focus on our similarities and not our differences.

"Mentally, emotionally, physically, we are the same," said His Holiness.

Officials with UNI say the both the panel discussion as well as speaker program went off flawlessly. President Allen says he hopes this adds to the recent recognition the University of Northern Iowa has received.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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