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Dalai Lama Accepts Freedom Award

September 24, 2009

www.myfoxmemphis.com - Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - National Civil Rights Museum Board member, J.R. "Pitt" Hyde
made the announcement...

"And the International Freedom award recipient, His Holiness The Dalai
Lama..."

Despite the many awards and world-wide accolades he has received since his
exile to India 50 years ago, the Dalai Lama is not a man given to false
humility, which is why his message of non-violence, inner peace and love has
resonated far beyond the borders of the homeland he and over 100,000
Tibetans fled after Chinese occupation. At the jam-packed Wednesday luncheon
in his honor held at the Peabody, the spiritual leader humbly expressed his
gratitude.

The Dalai Lama explained, "This award, I consider some kind of recognition
my small contribution for the well-being of humanity."

During the ceremony, a short documentary film, narrated by actor Richard
Gere, traced the incredible life of a man who by the age of four became the
spiritual inspiration for millions of Tibetans. But, forced into permanent
exile in 1959, the Dalai Lama has continued to serve his people by providing
food, shelter and the formation of a government in-exile....one which the
United States officially has never embraced. Yet, though being deeply
involved in the human rights struggle of is people to reclaim their country,
the Dalai Lama has successfully extended his philosophy of peace
internationally through the publication of 70 books he's authored touting
the joys of love and compassion.

At his news conference he noted, "More compassionate mind. Open mind and
with compassionate mind and your whole attitude can become something
positive."

However, in spite of the seriousness associated with the Dalai Lama's story,
he displayed a wry sense of humor many times on his Memphis
visit....including explaining the origin of the numerous scarves he passed
out to a few lucky recipients live Memphis Civil Rights legend, Benjamin
Hooks. Wherever you are Elvis, eat your heart out.

The Dalai Lama drew laughter in saying, "This scarf. I give as a symbol of
harmony because the scarf tradition come from India, but the material made
in China....."
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