In preparation for the 2008 Seeds of Compassion conference, the Dalai Lama requested to experience the rich diversity of the city of Seattle, including a meaningful interaction with youth.  Students from different socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds answered his call by coming together to become agents of compassion. This opportunity connected youth from various parts of the city who formed friendships across traditional barriers, encouraging them to explore the meaning of compassion not as a passive concept, but as an action verb.