Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts join crowd to see Dalai Lama

A celebrity-studded crowd jammed the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine Sunday to hear the Dalai Lama urge religious tolerance in the face of fanaticism.

Hollywood power couple Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts rubbed shoulders with regular New Yorkers, all seeking guidance from the spiritual leader of about 20 million Tibetan Buddhists.

The Nobel Prize winner, who was accompanied into the Morningside Heights church by actor Richard Gere, urged the audience of 2,250 to respect religions other than their own because all teach believers the virtue of compassion.

“The best way to take care of yourself is take care of your neighbor,” said the Dalai Lama, who is 75.

His star turn at St. John the Divine capped a whirlwind four-day visit to the city, which also included appearances at Radio City Music Hall.

In a speech at Hunter College Sunday morning, he derided the Chinese government as a propaganda machine – and wowed Tibetan and Chinese students alike.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since 1959, after a failed uprising of Tibetans against Chinese rule.


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