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Obama Meets With Dalai Lama

Feb 19, 2010
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader called China "childish" on Thursday after conferring with President Barack Obama in a meeting that was held over Beijing's objections. The White House released a carefully worded statement (posted after the jump) that praised the Dalai Lama without lending too much weight to his cause.

China Warns Obama Against Meeting With Dalai Lama

Feb 3, 2010
The Chinese government has issued a warning to the White House that there will be consequences of a diplomatic nature if President Barack Obama goes ahead with a rumored plan to meet the Dalai Lama in Washington later this month A representative from the Chinese Communist Party hinted vaguely at undesirable outcomes (continued).

The Dalai Lama on Compassion, ‘Man-Made Problems’

Oct 6, 2009
The Dalai Lama ran with the theme of the day while accepting the Lantos Human Rights Prize in Washington on Tuesday, taking the opportunity to point out that "generally speaking, we are lacking" when it comes to "taking care of others' well-being." While he was at it, he also schooled his audience about America's widening class divide.

Pico Iyer on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama

May 10, 2008
As opening day of the Beijing Olympics approaches, the Chinese government and official media have intensified their attacks on the Dalai Lama, blaming him for the recent violent demonstrations in Tibet. Pico Iyer, whose new book is "The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama," talks with Truthdig's Jon Wiener about this intercultural conflict and about the Dalai Lama himself.