October 05, 2009

No Obama for Dalai Lama

As previously mentioned here, the Dalai Lama will visit Washington DC without meeting with the President for the first time since 1991.

This has surprised many, but Clinton never officially received the Dalai Lama in Washington either. His Holiness had to wait until the George W. Bush era to get an official reception. About Dubya, the Dalai Lama famously said just last year, "I love President Bush, because he is very frank, very straightforward. His intentions are good, but some of his policy in spite of his sincere motivation and right goal, and some of his method becomes unrealistic because of lack of understanding about reality."

The Washington Post, noting that the current administration's move "appears to be a nod to the Chinese," minces no words, opening with the following:

In an attempt to gain favor with China, the United States pressured Tibetan representatives to postpone a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Obama until after Obama's summit with his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao, scheduled for next month, according to diplomats, government officials and other sources familiar with the talks.

For the first time since 1991, the Tibetan spiritual leader will visit Washington this week and not meet with the president. Since 1991, he has been here 10 times. Most times the meetings have been "drop-in" visits at the White House. The last time he was here, in 2007, however, George W. Bush became the first sitting president to meet with him publicly, at a ceremony at the Capitol in which he awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian award.

Read the rest.

Image: The Dalai Lama, shown Saturday in Montreal, will be in Washington this week. It will be his first visit since 1991 in which he has not met with the president. (By Ryan Remiorz -- Associated Press)

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Vaughn's picture

Truthsayer: Please refrain from advertising toxic cult propaganda sites here and resume wanking your NKT fools who read this rubbish.

Truthsayer's picture

Discover the truth about the Dalai Lama and his policy of persecution:


Namkhah's picture

Truthsayer: Results of one's actions are not determined by you, personally. If you are so concerned about cause and effect, perhaps you should address the sexual abuse that NKT teachers have gotten away with, without any disciplinary action from the NKT cult leadership.

Truthsayer's picture

Perhaps the Dalai Lama is experiencing the results of his own actions, giving the brush off to Dorje Shugden practitioners who wanted to meet with him to discuss the issue and come to a resolution?

At least Obama replied and sent a representative. The Dalai Lama did neither of these things.

Susan White's picture

The public is naive as to how delicate the situation with the Chinese and others; follow the Dali Lami's lead and see through to the long term goal of every one getting along with out domination. Give he and President Obama credit for their tackful effects in looking for balance that eventually brings a more even world, we are only beginning to go in that direction. Every step is to be taken with intention...

debbie standard's picture

I was disappointed that the President did not meet with his Holiness
but now the President was given the Nobel Prize his influence in China may be heightened. They will meet.

Marka Danielle's picture

I too am disappointed but I believe that the Dalai Lama himself might agree that sometimes politics is an important step towards improving human rights. That is the beauty of Obama and why (or so I'd like to believe) he won the Nobel Peace Prize!
n a recent interview with Anne Curry, The Dalai Lama himself admitted that maybe his tactics hadn't worked so well after all these years.

I don't know, as no one knows, what is REALLY "true". I do trust that in the end, Peace will prevail if we keep our minds open and hearts filled with love for others!

davep's picture

neither of these men have anything to do with my practice. their perceptions have the same potential for samsara as me or any other person. they are two men who aren't meeting now. so what.

BlindRob's picture

Ever since his inaugeration, when he failed to name Buddhism along with the other religions he found worthy of praise, I've had the sinking feeling that the current President, unlike his three predecessors, has little or no regard for Buddhists at all. Can this be?

chodon's picture

"His Holiness greatly appreciated President Obama's concern for the situation in Tibet and said he was hopeful that during his presidency the Tibetan people can see progress in the resolution of their problem. His Holiness is looking forward to meeting President Obama after his visit to China." in http://www.dalailama.com/news.432.htm

Philip Ryan's picture

Hi Marcus: Yes, the Obama administration is seeking "pragmatic engagement" with the junta. And apparently Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed support for this approach. We'll see what comes of it.

Marcus's picture


President Obama won't meet with the Dalai Lama. And didn't I read somewhere that Obama wants to loosen the sanctions that President Bush placed on Burma?

Oh dear.


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I am disturbed over the decision that the Dalai Lama will not be meeting with President Obama prior to the meeting with Hu Jintao. To me it is an indication the President may be placing politics before human rights and truth. It is showing a side of him that I did not expect. I am disappointed and saddened.