For the first time, the Dalai Lama visited Memphis. He was there to be honored by the National Civil Rights Museum and he took time to pray at the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The Lorraine Motel is surrounded by the museum where the Tibetan monk rested a white shawl over a wreath that marks where King was shot.
The Dalai Lama received the International Freedom Award at a luncheon then addressed a packed crowd of 2,000. Although, he’ll be in the United States and Canada for the next two weeks on tour giving spiritual talks, he won’t be meeting with President Obama because of governmental protocol between China and the U.S. The President is free to meet up with the Dalai Lama after he has met with China.
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