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Dalai Lama to Lead Opening Prayer in US Senate

FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks at a news conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
FILE - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks at a news conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
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Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will lead the traditional opening prayer Thursday morning in the U.S. Senate.

This is the first time the Dalai Lama has led the prayer, even though he has visited the Capitol many times.

The Dalai Lama has been touring the United States and met with President Barack Obama in the White House last month despite China's objections.

The president repeated his strong support for Tibet's religious, cultural and linguistic traditions. The Dalai Lama said he is not seeking Tibetan independence from China and wants to resume a dialogue with Chinese leaders.

China warned the United States there would be serious diplomatic consequences if the meeting took place, but nothing has happened.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of using religion as a cloak to engage in separatist activities. It also has accused him of encouraging Tibetan separatists to set themselves on fire as a protest. The Dalai Lama has always denied the charge..

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by: trinity8243
March 06, 2014 2:06 PM
Dear Lord in Heaven, first the rev Moon in the Senate building being heralded as the messiah, Islam being promoted in Washington and the rest of the country and now the Dali Lama leading prayer in the US Senate when the admin couldn't even allow Rev Graham to say prayers at the National Day Of Prayer. This just shows just how far this America has drifted from The One Living True God. God please help us that love you to promote You as the only One, True God of The Universe. There is no other God beside You, only You. 2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


by: Anonymous
March 06, 2014 2:03 PM
Then do you think tibetans in tibet are not allowed to visit their relatives in india and attend buddhist teaching. It not just economy but the peace of mind and happiness.


by: Anonymous
March 06, 2014 12:05 PM
to " Patrick Baigent ", that's why the "Buddhist" suggests every one do to Tibet and see it in person.


by: Patrick Baigent from: Cambridge UK
March 06, 2014 7:16 AM
To "A Buddhist from China" That just doesn't wash! CCP propaganda just sounds so hollow to us. Do you actually believe that?


by: a Buddhist from: China
March 06, 2014 12:09 AM
the Dalai Lama is not spiritual leader, he just is a hypocritical polition. Tibetan people are enjoying a lot of privilege that Han don not have, their living level have been improving a lot. China has a lot of problem,it is true. but if you say Han people discrimate Tibetan people , it is absolutly a lie. the Dalai Lama always tell lies. he betrayed his ethnical group Tibetan. People in west country, please open your eyes wide, do some research, go to Tibetan in person, use your heads, do not be cheated by such a polition. we live in a same earth, we should love each other, no lies,no accusation,no violence. let us spare no effort to build a harmonious world.

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