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Dalai Lama talks of oneness at Chicago theater

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  • The Dalai Lama participates in a multi-faith panel discussion with Jewish, Islamic and Christian leaders Monday in Chicago. The Dalai Lama praised Illinois on Sunday for recently abolishing the death penalty.

      The Dalai Lama participates in a multi-faith panel discussion with Jewish, Islamic and Christian leaders Monday in Chicago. The Dalai Lama praised Illinois on Sunday for recently abolishing the death penalty.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

The Dalai Lama and representatives of three other major religions shared their views of oneness, humanity and compassion during a panel discussion in a crowded Chicago theater.

The rabbi, pastor and Muslim scholar on Monday shared how values of other religious traditions, namely Buddhism, had enriched their own spiritual journey. Rabbi Michael Lerner talked about not letting attachment to reality discourage him from seeking ideals.

During the discussion the Dalai Lama called on individuals to build bridges in their communities, families and nations.

The Dalai Lama arrived in the U.S. earlier this month for several days of prayers, blessings, teachings and meditation in Washington. He also met with President Barack Obama on Sunday before flying to Chicago for a lecture Sunday at the University of Illinois in Chicago.