New York, USA, 21 October 2013 - After three days of Buddhist teachings and a public talk in New York there was time today for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to meet with groups and individuals on a more personal basis. This included thanking and having his photograph taken with the security personnel who have provided him protection and members of The Tibet Center and The Gere Foundation who organized the successful events of the past few days.
A more animated encounter took place between His Holiness and a group of 24 Chinese scholars, writers and poets, who met to discuss promoting secular ethics, particularly in relation to China.
The opening speaker said he was participating as a writer, not a dissident, concerned about the decline of ethical values in China, which he blamed on several factors, totalitarianism among them. His Holiness responded that the intent of the meeting was not overtly political, although there might inevitably be political implications.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a group of Chinese scholars and writers in New York on October 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with a group of Chinese scholars and writers in New York on October 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with a group of Chinese scholars and writers after their meeting in New York on October 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Norah O’Donnell of CBS Morning News interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New York on October 21, 2013.|