Dalai Lama honors mother in Minnesota speech

The Dalai Lama paid tribute to his mother on Mother’s Day as he spoke at the University of Minnesota.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader told a crowd of around 8,000 he credits his mother’s kindness for giving him a sense of security. He says all people have the potential for happiness because they all come from mothers.

The Dalai Lama also spoke about the need for love, compassion and respecting people with different beliefs.

As part of his appearance, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks (BROO-‘nix) and Regents Chairman Clyde Allen presented the Dalai Lama with an honorary doctorate of humane letters, degree, the university’s highest honor. They also presented him with a maroon sun visor with a gold “M” for Minnesota, which he accepted with a hearty laugh.