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Dalai Lama Summit Draws From All Over West Coast

OPB | May 11, 2013 4:27 p.m. | Updated: May 12, 2013 9:25 p.m. | Portland

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An environmental summit featuring the 14th Dalai Lama drew thousands of people to Portland’s Memorial Coliseum Saturday. The event brought people from across the region.

Over 10,000 people received a white scarf and a blessing from the Dalai Lama.  Photo by Kim Oanh Nguyen/www.photosbykim.com

Over 10,000 people received a white scarf and a blessing from the Dalai Lama.  Photo by Kim Oanh Nguyen/www.photosbykim.com

Ticket holders Rowena Mayer and Shannon Young say they appreciated the rare opportunity to hear the Dalai Lama speak.

Rowena Mayer came all the way from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Shannon Young brought her 5-year-old daughter from Eugene.

Young’s friend Lindsey White drove seven hours from Boise. Idaho. Corvallis resident Kyle Jonescame with a friend who flew into town from Oakland.

Jones, who says the summit’s morning panel discussion was more politically charged than he was expecting.

But Marilyn Dikeos says she took way a heightened awareness of how individual choices affect the environment.

“The question isn’t what we consume and how we consume it. We actually transform everything we consume.”

The Dalai Lama encouraged audience members to be aware of how all things on the planet are interconnected.

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