On May 29, 1997, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet gave a speech before a gathering of dignitaries and citizens in New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This video covers that gathering.

The Dalai Lama describes the world as "a human garden" filled with a diversity of plants and flowers. By looking after each plant, we honor the harmony of the whole garden. The Dalai Lama calls for the development of good hearted children. Education for this must take place both in the home and in the school. He also celebrates interdependence in ecology and in religion. We must respect differences in faith while working together with other religious people to bring love to fruition in the world.

The Dalai Lama concludes with a condemnation of the violence that has characterized the twentieth century. He urges us to usher in a new century of dialogue and compromise. This speech speaks to the yearning we all have for a more compassionate, caring, and peaceful world.

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