LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Security was tight during the Dalai Lama's visit to Louisville.
There were several levels of security for the public and the media, from bomb sniffing dogs to Metro Police at the KFC Yum! Center; enough to rival a presidential visit. But unlike a Louisville Cards basketball game or concert the focus of His Holiness was love and compassion.
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, blessed the masses and spread his inner joy. His signature laugh was heard on loudspeakers.
The leader of Tibetan Buddhists carried his global message of "engaging compassion" to an interfaith crowd of thousands in the KFC Yum! Center.
"I've been here for UofL games before and I'm really surprised in the difference in energy. Everyone has been really patient and kind," Karah Pfifer said.
Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and many others. His message: compassion, love of family, friendship, trust and overcoming the ego are all universal qualities.
"We must use our special gift. If you believe in God then you must use the brain and this strong seed of compassion, love," the Dalai Lama said.
"I'm very excited to be here under the same roof as the Dalai Lama," Sergio Moreno, a Tibetan Buddhist, said.
Another person had this to say.
"It is very true that if we are deeply compassionate about each other then everything will be solved," Jayshri Shah, a Hindu, said.
The crowds weren't as overwhelming as the long lines over the weekend. Only one-third of the stadium was filled.
But what you may not realize is that there are thousands of different schools of Buddhism from Tibetan to Zen and Nichiren Buddhism.