(Photo Above By Emily Scher)
Panelists (in no particular order): George Lopez, MC Hammer, Randy Jackson, Wilmer Valderrama, Josh Radnor, Michael Franti, and Julia Ormond.
On July 5th Public Talk in honor of the 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The panel of artists discussed the transformative power of art and creativity in regard to the notion of compassion.
Below are a few memorable moments from the day:
- Singing Happy Birthday to His Holiness
In honor of his 80th birthday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was given an 8-foot-tall birthday cake onstage. Michael Franti lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday,” after which His Holiness blew out his birthday candle. His Holiness then instructed the audience to imagine that they were eating the cake along with him.
- Michael Franti Singing For His Holiness
Michael Franti’s performance of his songs “Once A Day” and “Say Hey (I Love You)” displayed the true power of music. The crowd instantly responded to his music by rising out of their seats and singing along. His performance was not only an amazing gift for His Holiness, but also a poignant reminder of the way that art can influence the mood of the consumer. In this case, the happiness Franti conveyed in his songs caused the audience to be happy as a result. This moment was lesson for everyone in the crowd that compassionate art can create a more compassionate world.