PORTLAND The Dalai Lama held a private event at Southeast Portland s Maitripa College Friday, and hundreds who couldn t get inside lined the nearby streets to get a glimpse of His Holiness.

People packed Southeast Market Street and watched the speech on a giant screen, and were shocked when he suddenly came out to greet the audience. He was only outside for about a minute, but it was a minute nobody in the crowd is likely to every forget.

It s quite emotional, said Sharon Overby, who was thrilled to see the Dalai Lama in person. I felt kind of teary when he came down. It's really great. We are very, very blessed to have him come to Portland.

You feel the presence of a genuine, compassionate person, sincerity, said Georgia Triplett. He lives what he preaches, so it's inspiring.

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