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US mayors call on His Holiness the Dalai Lama

February 26, 2018

Central Tibetan Administration, February 23, 2018 -  Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky and Tom Tait of Anaheim, California on Thursday called on Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his official residence in Dharamshala.

“It was an honor to speak with the Dalai Lama — an iconic figure for peace, justice and compassion — about the tremendous compassion work happening in Louisville,” Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted of the meeting. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky and Tom Tait of Anaheim, California, 21 February 2018. Photo/Grey Fischer/Twitter

Both the mayors had met the Tibetan spiritual leader several times before.

His Holiness was invited as keynote speaker at the US Conference of Mayors, a summit of 200 mayors dedicated to building more compassionate communities, in 2016. In the same year, His Holiness met both the Mayors and Mayor of Rochester, MN to discuss a practical human value based education curriculum for American schools.

In 2011, Louisville adopted the name ‘City of Compassion’ and Anaheim declared itself as ‘City of Kindness’. Both cities have been led a parallel movement on promoting human kindness and compassion, a cause championed by His Holiness.

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