Lupita N’yongo, Jim Carrey and Naomi Watts — and everyone from politicians to philanthropists and astronauts — were among guests at a Wednesday luncheon for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Sharon Stone (pictured) introduced the spiritual leader of Tibet, noting he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and calling him “a man for all seasons.”
Others dining under the space shuttle Endeavour’s wings included Christina Hendricks, Jeremy Renner, Anna Kendrick, Adam Shankman, Rosario Dawson, Eva Longoria, Gray Davis and Kathy Bates, who said she didn’t exactly know why she had been invited. “I’m lucky to be here and I can’t believe I’m here. I’ve followed the Tibetan people for years,” Bates said.
Shortly into his hourlong talk, while explaining adults are misguided when they only think about money and a materialistic life, saying “I, I, I and me, me, me is outdated,” Carrey stood up, briskly removed his jacket and good-naturedly ribbed him that there was nothing wrong with that mindset.
The 78-year-old spoke about topics including Desmond Tutu, breastfeeding and running from a dog when being chased. Questions were asked by Ann Curry from audience submissions.
Q: What is the No. 1 moral principle to teach children? A: Use common sense, along with gentleness and compassion.
Q: Do you want to travel to the moon? A: Not yet.
Q: What do you carry with you? A: Chocolates (which he gave to Curry and Stone); a toothbrush; 11th century clay statue of Buddha carefully wrapped
Q: Can a woman become the Dalai Lama? A: Of course.
Despite his many Hollywood followers, the Dalai Lama doesn’t spend much time pondering who’ll win at the Oscars. He told the Huffpost Live Wednesday, saying, “it’s really bad for my eyes and also it’s a waste of time.”
“In the early period, yes, I watched [Hollywood movies]. Over the last 20 years, not much. Only I listen to BBC, radio, that’s my informer. And sometimes, CNN also,” he told Huffpost Live.
Prior to the Q&A, Eric Benet and David Foster led the crowd in a “What the World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love” sing-along, with Larry King and His Holiness holding hands as they sang.
Sean Lourdes, chairman of the Lourdes Foundation, a charitable org for disadvantaged youth that hosted the event, said, “It was an exceptional honor to host His Holiness in our great city. Our belief is that fundamental change in our global community begins with change within oneself and one’s own community and that change can come through a better understanding of the messages of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The more people who hear the message of peace and compassion, the more positive impact it will have on creating lasting change.”