DULUTH, Ga. -- His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, is in Atlanta this week, lecturing at Emory's Tibet Science Institute.
Today, more than 10,000 people attended two talks he gave at The Arena in Gwinnett County, about faith, love and compassion.
He talked about the over medication of America.
"It seems as though there's lots of customers of drugs. Lots," he said to roars of laughter from the audience.
The Dalai Lama's message was a simple one. "Faith and reason must go together. But the real purpose of faith is the practice of love."
Afterwards, Rob Mushock, who attended the event, said, "He radiates peace and a delightful sense of humor. He giggles about life and living. He's a happy man."
When we asked people what the Dalai Lama's message was, the answers were strikingly similar.
"Compassion and how it starts individually and grows exponentially from there."
"He talked a lot about how compassion is in the very seed of human life."
"His belief in compassion certainly transcends religious boundaries.
For a man who steers clear of American politics a majority of the time, Jim Taylor says The Dalai Lama did have this to say to our country's leaders.
"He mentioned that compassion is something our own Congress and White House might think about with everything we're going through right now."