Washington DC, USA, 19 February 2014 - A respite in the severe wintry weather gripping Dharamsala in recent days on Monday enabled His Holiness the Dalai Lama to take off by plane for Delhi. The Dhauladhar Mountains were brilliant against the clear blue sky. His journey continued on via Frankfurt to the United States. The final sector saw the Eastern Seaboard swathed in snow and piled snow still lined the streets as he drove into Washington DC. At the hotel he received a traditional welcome from beaming Tibetans led by Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, to the accompaniment of traditional Tibetan musicians.
On Tuesday morning, after several private meetings he gave an interview to Elizabeth Dias of Time magazine. To a question about whether the USA is backing away from addressing human rights issues in its dealings with China, His Holiness declared that democracy, freedom and justice are American principles and fields in which the US continues to give a lead. He recommended that the free world engages with China, but stands firm on its moral principles. He said that to slacken its resolve about moral principles or a sense of truth would be a great loss. He added that there is a need for all nations to address climate change. Extreme weather is already affecting millions of farmers. He pointed out that the last Copenhagen summit on climate change failed because too many countries put their short term national interests ahead of the global interest. He warned that we have to take scientists’ predictions seriously.
|Elizabeth Dias of Time magazine interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington DC on February 19, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|David Rose interviewing His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Vanity Fair in Washington DC on February 19, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama and AEI President Arthur Brooks during their discussion on "Happiness, Free Enterprise and Human Flourishing" at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC on February 19, 2014. Photo/Patrick G. Ryan|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with students and potential future leaders after their meeting at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC on February 19, 2014. Photo/Patrick G. Ryan|