My take on Dalai Lama’s call for a paradigm shift in thinking on study of Tibetan in Tibet

 George H.W. Bush

The Dalai Lama had his first meeting with a sitting US president on April 16, 1991. Here he is with President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.

April 16, 2021    By: Ashwin Verghese

“America is the nation for championing liberty, democracy and freedom. America should stand on those principles … in international relations.” Those words, admiring and assertive, come from an interview the Dalai Lama gave at the threshold of a historic event: his first meeting with a sitting president of the United States.

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