Amid a two-week trip to the United States, the Dalai Lama spoke to thousands of people at The Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday afternoon.
The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner delivered an address titled “Non-Violence and the Effects of Compassion in the 21st Century.”
His remarks followed introductions by former California first lady Maria Shriver and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had been slated to speak, and Kenny G was scheduled to perform, but they did not appear.
The event was organized by The Lourdes Foundation, a Beverly Hills-based charity that advocates for social change.
A protest was held outside the event by Buddhists who say that the Dalai Lama has persecuted those who practice a tradition of praying to the deity Dorje Shugden. The protesters planned to follow the Dalai Lama on his U.S. tour to protest the religious leader’s ban on worship of the deity.
During his U.S. visit, the Dalai Lama had events planned in the Bay Area, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. He met with President Barack Obama on Friday and had several events planned through March 7, according to his online schedule.
Correction: This story was incorrectly updated to reflect that Garcetti and Kenny G appeared at the event, when in fact they had only been scheduled to but did not. The post has been corrected.