February 19, 2010 |
President Obama and the Dalai Lama held a relaxed, unhurried conversation Thursday, reiterating long-standing commitments to seek greater rights for people living in the Tibetan regions of China. After the hourlong meeting, the Tibetan spiritual leader emerged from the White House, smiling and playfully tossing a handful of snow at reporters before heading to a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Although the White House worked to keep the meeting low-key, Beijing objected to what it saw as U.S. support for an exiled monk who advocates Tibet's independence from China.
February 18, 2010
The Grammy-winning pop-folk chanteuse Sheryl Crow will open the first large-scale public address that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given since 2006. The celebration of peace and song will launch Whole Child International's global initiative to raise awareness of the emotional needs of vulnerable children. Gibson Amphitheatre, 100 Universal Terrace Parkway. 1:30 p.m. Sun. $30-$205. (818) 622-4440. www.citywalkhollywood.com.
February 18, 2010 |
President Obama will receive the Dalai Lama on Thursday in the Map Room of the White House instead of the Oval Office, not one-on-one but in a group, and then will leave town without a joint appearance before television cameras. Pointedly employing no protocol that implies head-of-state status for the Tibetan leader-in-exile, the White House is also being explicit about its invitation: Obama meets the Dalai Lama as an "internationally respected religious leader and spokesman for Tibetan rights."
February 4, 2010 |
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Thursday that China was likely to let its currency appreciate -- addressing a long-sought U.S. goal that could help boost American exports and create more jobs. Though Geithner didn't specify when he expected Beijing to loosen its grip on the yuan, his statement to the Senate Budget Committee struck an optimistic note against a background of deepening tensions with Beijing, partly over economic policy but also over arms sales to Taiwan and President Obama's plans to meet with the Dalai Lama.
November 9, 2009 |
Ignoring Chinese protests, the Dalai Lama traveled to a disputed part of India near China's Tibetan border today as thousands of pilgrims braved cold weather to catch a glimpse of their spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama, who was sharply criticized by Beijing before the visit, expects to spend five days praying and instructing Buddhist worshipers in the monastery town of Tawang in the northern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. His last visit there was in 2003. China has accused the spiritual leader of making the trip to further the movement for an independent Tibet, a region that accounts for about one-sixth of Chinese territory.
November 8, 2009 |
Thousands of devout Buddhists poured into a remote mountain town in India's northeast, arriving in packed trucks or on foot after trekking for miles along narrow paths for a rare chance to get a glimpse of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan spiritual leader's weeklong visit to Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh state near the Chinese border, has been mired in a diplomatic squabble, highlighting the growing friction between Beijing and New Delhi as the two nuclear-armed giants vie for economic and political power.
October 7, 2009 |
Lawmakers honored the Dalai Lama with a human rights award Tuesday as President Obama faced criticism for delaying a meeting with the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama and the president will not meet until after Obama visits Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing in November. China reviles the Dalai Lama as a separatist and pressures foreign governments not to meet with him. The administration, which needs Chinese support for crucial foreign policy, economic and environmental goals, wants to establish friendly ties between Hu and Obama.
September 24, 2009 |
The Dalai Lama said his visit to the motel where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968 was sad but inspirational. The Tibetan spiritual leader was in Memphis to receive the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, which incorporates the site of the Lorraine Motel. "This history event gives us conviction today [that] the struggle for justice, against inequality, discrimination . . . can be won," the Dalai Lama said.
September 1, 2009 |
The Dalai Lama exhorted Taiwan to safeguard its democracy, interspersing prayers for the victims of Typhoon Morakot with a challenge to China. The Tibetan spiritual leader's call Monday appeared to contradict assurances that his five-day visit to comfort the victims of the worst storm to hit the island in 50 years would steer clear of the political -- a concern for President Ma Ying-jeou's administration, which is seeking closer ties with mainland...