The Dalai Lama himself made a visit to Rhode Island Wednesday. More than 5,600 people jammed the Rhode Island Convention Center to hear his message of peace.
The lecture was put on by Brown University, so a lot of the audience was filled with young people who say the spiritual leader's advice could not have come at a better time.
"There's so much negativity going on in the world," one student said. "People are getting killed every day, and I feel like the Dalai Lama's message of peace and hope is something a lot of people are losing."
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, addressed the audience donning a Brown University cap. The exiled Tibetan leader called on the crowd to be more open minded.
"Don't concentrate on just your own family, your own community, your own city or even your own nation," the Dalai Lama said. "You must look beyond."
As the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the spiritual leader knows about the struggle to promote peace in the past, but he says the challenge also lies in the future.
"The main responsibility rests on the young people's shoulders. They must think more seriously and try to see from a different angle."
The Dalai Lama has been spreading his message up and down the East Coast this week. His next stop is in Connecticut tomorrow.