Freedom Center honors Dalai Lama

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The 14th Dalai Lama accepted the  International Freedom Conductor Award in front of 1300 guests who had the opportunity to listen to the spiritual leader of Tibet's words of wisdom.
"Friendship based on trust, you need self-confidence," said the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama now joins previous recipients such as Rosa Parks and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who have been honored with the prestigious award.
"He stressed being confident and motivated," said guest Karen Holiday.
After accepting the award His Holiness spoke to the audience then answered questions from them written on cards moderated by journalist Gwen Ifill.
He talked about being hopeful despite a tough economy.
"We, human beings, have the ability to overcome these problems, that's quite logical, so there is no there's no reason to feel hopelessness," said the Dalai Lama.
 He also talked about importance of freedom in all aspects, addressing the Chinese government's censorship.
"The government authority putting censorship is immoral," said the Dalai Lama.
He also injected a bit of humor, about his retirement approaching
" I look forward to complete retirement," he said.
After the luncheon guests say they left feeling inspired and enlightening by such powerful words.
"He's about everything that I'm for, unity," said  a guest.
The Dalai Lama will receive an honorary degree from Miami University on Thursday morning, he'll also speak to students at 2pm. The event is sold out, guests are asked to arrive early to go through security checkpoints.

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