Dallas, Texas, USA, 9 May 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Minneapolis on May 9, 2011 for his next leg of his program in Dallas, Texas, receiving an honorary degree from the Southern Methodist University and giving a talk on democracy. On his arrival at his Dallas hotel, he was welcomed by former Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Paula Dobriansky, Ms. Elsie Walker, cousin of President George W. Bush, and Ms. Mary Beth Markey, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.
Arriving at the Southern Methodist University in the afternoon, he was greeted by University President Gerald Turner, Provost Paul Ludden, and other officials. His Holiness first made a brief remark to around 200 students who were participants of the Hart Global Leaders Forum. These students had come from 45 schools around Dallas. His Holiness told them that it was important to realize that at the fundamental level we were all the same human beings and that everything else was secondary. His Holiness then briefly met with former first lady Laura Bush, who is a regent of SMU and also attended his public talk subsequently.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama holds his Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree as he stands on stage with R. Gerald Turner, the president Southern Methodist University at the university's 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum in Dallas, Texas, on May 9, 2011. Photo/Reuters|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on stage next to translator Thupten Jinpa at Southern Methodist University's 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum in Dallas, Texas, on May 9, 2011. Photo/Reuters|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answers a question from the audience after receiving an honorary degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, May 9, 2011. Photo/AP|