Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has opened a two-day "peace summit" in Vancouver, asking an audience of some 1,200 people to nurture a spirit of "warm-heartedness" to help foster world peace.
The conference organised by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education comes during part of his two-week visit to the United States and Canada.
He said the media needs to remind people that compassion and caring exist in the world as well as violence.
"The media too often sensationalises the bad things, which spreads a view that for we human beings, human future is doomed," he told the audience on Sunday.
Also making an appearance at the event are writer Eckhart Tolle, California's first lady Maria Shriver, activist Jody Williams, Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland, and others from the world of government, education and philanthropy.
South African Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who was unable to attend because of a back injury, sent a video message reminding attendees "that war, poverty, violence are not the whole picture, the whole story, about us, in fact they are aberrations.
"It is goodness, it is love, it is compassion, it is caring, it is those wonderful things that each one of us knows the depths of their hearts for which we are made."