Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dalai Lama visits Washington

The go-to events in Washington this week all have to do with the visiting Dalai Lama. He is in Washington from the 17th to 19th. Then he continues on to Los Angeles and Florida for speaking and teaching engagements.

On Thursday, the 18th, he will meet with U.S. President Barak Obama in the White House Map Room, not in the symbolic surroundings of the Oval Office, where Mr Obama normally meets foreign leaders and VIP guests. The Dalai Lama will also meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

On Friday, the 19th, the National Endowment for Democracy, will present the Dalai Lama with its Democracy Service Medal "in recognition of the Tibetan spiritual leader's commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human dignity." Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., chairman of NED; NED President Carl Gershman; and Librarian of Congress James Billington will participate in the event at the Library of Congress. Asia Policy Point staff will be there as well!

Later: The Dalai Lama will visit Japan in June. His will give a major talk in Yokohama on June 26th.

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