The Dalai Lama spoke to about 15,000 people at the KFC Yum Center as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists began his visit.
He spoke for about 40 minutes Sunday and then took questions from the crowd. A line started forming around the arena hours before the speech.
The Dalai Lama started his visit earlier in the day by blessing a temple in suburban Louisville. He handed out prayer scarves at the event and told the crowd there that the temple should be known more as a place of learning than of chanting.
The Dalai Lama will visit Louisville next year to visit and bless a Tibetan Buddhist temple and teaching center and make other public appearances. The Courier-Journal reports the 77-year-old Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit May 19 to 21.