The Dalai Lama is urging California lawmakers to show peace, love and compassion for the world’s seven billion human beings.
The Tibetan spiritual leader addressed a joint session of the state Legislature Monday as part of a U.S. tour that also included a White House visit last week.
“Inside, full of anger, then impossible to create a peaceful world,“ he said during his 27-minute speech, referencing the recent mass in Orlando.
“Real gun control must start here,“ the Dalai Lama said, pointing to his heart. “More compassionate sort of feeling. Sense of respect for others’ life, others’ right. That’s the real method of gun control.”
He also praised California for paying special attention to the environment. The moon is very beautiful, he told lawmakers – but humans can’t live there.
“So this planet is the only place we can live happily. We can breathe happily,“ he told lawmakers. “If you go (to the moon), all terrible. So there’s no other choice – except fully protect our own home.”
The Dalai Lama also said a stronger education system could create a more compassionate society.
Before the Dalai Lama spoke to lawmakers, he joined Gov. Jerry Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown and California legislative leaders for lunch (see the menu here) at the Leland Stanford Mansion near the state Capitol.