February 19, 2010

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

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.

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

Bonus, the Dalai Lama tosses snow at reporters:

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