Obama meets with Dalai Lama

Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s meeting Thursday with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama: “The President … Continued

Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’ s meeting Thursday with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:

“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach, his commitment to nonviolence and his pursuit of dialogue with the Chinese government. The President stressed that he has consistently encouraged both sides to engage in direct dialogue to resolve differences and was pleased to hear about the recent resumption of talks. The President and the Dalai Lama agreed on the importance of a positive and cooperative relationship between the United States and China.”

Update: The Dalai Lama is in town to receive a award from a democracy advocacy group.
In a ceremony at the Library of Congress tomorrow, the Dalai Lama is expected to receive a medal from the nonprofit group National Endowment for Democracy, a grant-making organization, which is funded primarily through Congress to promote democracy.

The group said it chose the Dalai Lama for the award because of his work in government reform while in exile. “The Dalai Lama, even before leaving Tibet, sought to implement significant reforms in the system of government. Only in exile was the Dalai Lama able to implement those reforms,” said NED President Carl Gershman. “Today, the Tibetan community in exile operates under a democratic constitution…The Dalai Lama himself has often said that it is not enough to oppose Chinese totalitarianism, but that it is necessary to offer a democratic alternative.

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  • tenshi1

    It is an insult to the Dali Lama to refuse to meet with him in the Oval office where Obama has met with those who oppose our freedoms. If anyone is in favor of freedom for all people, it is the Dali Lama. No person on earth is a better example of peaceful behavior and support of freedom than the Dali Lama and for the president to meet with the Chinese Dictator in the oval office and refuse to meet with the Dali Lama there shows how fearful he is of offending those who oppose us. It is a wimpy thing to do and not worthy of a world leader. He needs so show some backbone and let the Chinese know that they can not dictate to us.

  • thomascanada

    Tibetans apparently do not realize that they follow the Master, who enslaved them, makes Tibetans truly ignorant!

  • thomascanada

    Various wealthy mystics in Hollywood have promoted the Dalai Lama as an exemplar of refined spirituality, but in reality the Dalai Lama’s operation, currently based in India, is a relic of the Allen Dulles-Richard Bissell era of Cold War extremists at the CIA. The current Dalai Lama attempted to lead an insurrection against Chinese rule in 1959, which was supported by the oppressive feudal nobility of Tibet, but failed because it had little appeal to the former serfs and slaves who made up about 80% of Tibetan society. Tibet under the Dalai Lama was a country where 200 wealthy families held 93% of the wealth, while the masses were so poor and downtrodden that the population was declining. During the 1960s, the CIA gave several million dollars a year to the Dalai Lama’s court, with the Dalai Lama personally getting more than $180,000 per year from the US taxpayer. Today, the Dalai Lama’s court in northern India is the home of a gaggle of reactionary Tibetan aristocrats supported by $2 million per year from that same US taxpayer. This is a very bad investment for the United States. It is time to defund the Dalai Lama, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and foreign commerce, and engage Beijing in realistic diplomacy.

  • thomascanada

    Why is the Dalia charged with Persecuting other Buddhist Practioners in the High Courts of New Delhi?