September 15, 2009

Is it a problem that Obama won't meet with the Dalai Lama?

"A White House delegation" met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala yesterday and conveyed the President's respect for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but when the Dalai Lama comes to Washington in October, the President is not scheduled to meet with him. Every President since George H. W. Bush has met with the Dalai Lama while in office. Is it a problem that won't be? He'll certainly have more chances. Obama is going to Beijing in November, and some say he will meet with the Dalai Lama immediately after that.

Does this political dance say anything new about the state of the world today, or is it just politics as usual?

[Image: Copyright © 2009 AFP]

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social work degree's picture

There is great power in patience because it cuts through arrogance and ingratitude. It is the path that lets us move from resistance to acceptance and spontaneous presence.

nursing graduate's picture

I think Dalai Lama can tell some thing important.

Sarah's picture

The state of the world today is just as it has always been: suffering. Politics is the way to get more involved with suffering whereas practicing Buddha's liberating teachings is the way to be released from it. The two are completely incompatible.

It will make no difference if Obama does meet with the Dalai Lama because it will not relieve the suffering of this world one iota.

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[...] previously mentioned here, the Dalai Lama will visit Washington DC without meeting with the President for the first time [...]

Philip Ryan's picture

The Wall Street Journal piles on.

Namkhah's picture

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Kathy's picture

Just because the President is not currently scheduled to meet with the Dalai Lama, does not mean that he will never meet with him. We need to refrain from making assumptions and should show patience. Patience is one of President Obama's most valuable attributes.
Daily Dharma - August 25, 2009
There is great power in patience because it cuts through arrogance and ingratitude. It is the path that lets us move from resistance to acceptance and spontaneous presence. Holding on to our judgments about others and ourselves is a major cause of impatience. Repeating softly to ourselves, “May I be happy just as I am” and “May I be peaceful with whatever is happening” helps us accept our vulnerabilities, imperfections, and losses: everything from chronic physical and emotional pain, to the death of loved ones, the end of a job or relationship—even nightmare traffic jams.

- Michele McDonald, "Finding Patience," Tricycle Summer 2004

jeff wolfe's picture

If President Obama wishes to present what he say's he's about he should meet the Dalai Lama. The current U.S. President speaks so eloquently about world issues and the need for unity, one would assume a dialog with this peaceful world leader would be immediate and asked for. I guess......i'll leave it at that in an effort to be mindfull and compassionate.