The Official Photo: Dalai Lama meets w/ President Obama. Plus, video: His Holiness snows Reporters.

Via on Feb 19, 2010

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Obamalama. Official (real) Photo near bottom.

Big Day for Buddhism: President Obama meets with Dalai Lama. China demands apology.

On the same day that Tiger Woods gave his Mea Culpa, Buddha, speech, the Dalai Lama (finally) met with President Obama—sending “Buddhism” to number five on Yahoo or Google searches, or something.

What? That’s all? Yup. We have no idea what they really talked about. The Official Statement, below, doesn’t hold many surprises:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2010

Statement from the Press Secretary on the President’s Meeting 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.”

All we know, for sure, is that the world’s most famous Simple Monk met with Obama in the Map Room (making it less official than an Oval Office sit-down) and also met with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

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The only official photograph (or unofficial, for that matter) of the two meeting together today:

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Bonus, the Dalai Lama tosses snow at reporters:

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13 Responses to “The Official Photo: Dalai Lama meets w/ President Obama. Plus, video: His Holiness snows Reporters.”

  1. I recently asked a Chinese national friend, who has lived and worked in the U.S. for many years, how the Chinese people felt about Tibet. He told me asking China give up Tibet is like asking the U.S. to give back the West to Native Americans.

    Furthermore, China in Tibet is a liberation for the majority of working Tibetans, who were effectively enslaved by being forced to support the religious ruling class, the majority of whom refused to work so they could meditate all day. In other words, there was a large slothful ruling population being supported by the working people.

    When pressed a little further, he said even if the above weren't true, China would still need to retain Tibet purely for defensive purposes against India.

    Needless to say, I found these answers upsetting, but I guess it's still worth knowing what the average Chinese is thinking.

    Bob Weisenberg
    http://YogaDemystified.com

    • They're not thinking. They've been reeducated. All we're getting is what they've been allowed to read, and see, in textbooks and TV.

      • cyclo says:

        And yet these "enslaved" people revere the Dalai Lama, and would risk their lives for him, and stage protests against their "liberators" — the Chinese…. hmmm, something does not add up.

        • Old_Monk says:

          Agreed. Having studied the history of Tibet, why else would 30,000+ encircle the Norbulingka in 1959 to keep from losing him to the PLA? They were afraid that if he went to the PLA as requested, they would never see him again. And 90,000+ paid the price for it too. Does that sound like "enslaved" people being led by "a large slothful population"? I don't think so. Let's keep this in perspective.

      • I certainly agree in general. In the case of this particular person, he has been living in the U.S. for 10 years, and hasn't been back to China very often. So he has had free access to information. He still believes what he was taught back in China.

      • yaodi hu says:

        Oh, you think that you are really thinking? that is an assumption. You were being brain washed beyond imagination.

  2. Greg Houston says:

    When no rice is available, snow will do in a pinch.

  3. Marc in Inverness says:

    Way, you posted this last video to sangha-announce as "His Holiness the Dalai Lama throwing snow at reporters", but to my eye it looks like His Holiness is throwing small bits of snow like He would toss a rice blesing in a shrine room.

    Either way, Way, His sweetness and humor is so wonderful and refreshing!! Thanks very much for this great feature.

  4. Sue Gilman says:

    Looks to me like the title of the video should be "Dalai Lama Blesses the Press". Seemed like he was using snow like rice.

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  6. yaodi hu says:

    tibet problems are created by British and American imperialism. With CIA dirty hand behind it. It is part of the result of Cold war, the war against china. It is an impossible problem now between Dalai and China. He would never admit his mistake and appologize, while chinese would never trust him again. that is that. How do you rebuild relationship when neither would trust the otherside? Plus all the demagogue from both side would kill any practical solution possible. that is essentially the tragedy of our entire mankind for so many millions of years. Live with it. The world has never been even remotely rational and reasonable. Look at Vietname war. Strategic Hamlet, that is concentration camp for 8 millions people. 8 millions tons of bombs. Torture. Agent Orange. The worst holocaust in the entire mandkind. Who did that? American democracy. the best on the planet, plus nuclear bomb. Tibet was a much smaller problem. My god.

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