Washington DC, USA, 14 June 2016 - It was a bright summer morning today as His Holiness the Dalai Lama drove down Washington’s broad and leafy avenues to the heart of government on Capitol Hill. He was met on arrival by old friends House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Patrick Leahy, who escorted him to a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Later walking to Nancy Pelosi’s office meant crossing the rotunda—currently undergoing renovation. The area was filled with visiting members of the public who fell respectfully silent in their surprise at seeing His Holiness.
Meeting with the US Congressional Leadership, His Holiness said:
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with the US Congressional Leadership during his visit to Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA on June 14, 2016. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking with House Speaker Paul Ryan during a bipartisan lunch jointly hosted by Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA on June 14, 2016. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|
|International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) chairman Richard Gere listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at an event for ICT members in Washington DC, USA on June 14, 2016. Photo/Sonam Zoksang|