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Dalai Lama Addresses Conference of Mayors in Downtown Indianapolis


(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet addressed the United States Conference of Mayors' annual meeting in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana on June 26, 2016.

"I hope and I believe this nation can lead to build a compassionate world," said the Dalai Lama while addressing a crowd of over 200 mayors from different cities of the United States on America's role as the global leader in promoting peace and compassion, while emphasizing his support for America's democracy and value of human rights.

"In America, few cities have already been named 'City of Kindness'," he further added with a special mention and praise of Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim, California for his initiative "city of kindness" to build a culture of volunteerism and kindness within his jurisdiction.

The nobel laureate was later joined by pop star Lady Gaga and businessman Philip Anschutz for a panel discussion, where they spoke on issues that divide the society, including race and sexual orientation.

"Thank you for this special day. Science tells us kindness improves health, let's take care of the body of our nation," tweeted Lady Gaga, who has over 60.7 million followers to thank the Dalai Lama for the inspiring conversation and in another message, added, "Kindness is a free currency from a well that will never dry up."

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