After months of planning and days of frantic preparation to accommodate a crowd of more than 1,800 in a 280-foot tent set up across six backyards, the day had come at last. On Tuesday, the Dalai Lama arrived at the Kurukulla Center for Buddhist Studies in Medford. He spoke first in English -- about his efforts to help people cultivate inner peace and to promote harmony among religions, which he said offered different approaches to the same spiritual goals of compassion and kindness.
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