His Holiness the Dalai Lama @ Stanford

I went to see a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning with Pam, Laurel, and [Howard and Michele Hall](http://howardhall.com), who flew up yesterday and spent the night. The talk was at Maples Pavilion at Stanford University, which wiki says holds 7392 people, and it was sold out. As is typical for any gathering of thousands of people, there was quite a bit of noise in the auditorium as we awaited the beginning of the event. People were talking to their seat neighbors, talking on the phone, etc. Shortly after 9:30am, a procession of a monks, suits, and the Dalai Lama walked onto the floor of Maples. The entire auditorium immediately went silent, and everyone stood up at the same time. And when I say "immediately," I mean it -- it was probably 5 seconds, at most. I had never experienced anything like it.