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The Wisdom Podcast - Elsie Walker: The Dalai Lama and the Presidents Bush | Wisdom Publications

Elsie Walker: The Dalai Lama and the Presidents Bush

Dalai Lama President BushIn this episode of the Wisdom Podcast we hear a story of Buddhism and American politics: how Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush met the Dalai Lama, as told by President Bush Sr.’s cousin Elsie Walker.
Elsie begins with the story of how she got involved with Tibet House and then reached out to her cousin, President George H. W. Bush, to tell him how she wanted to support the Tibetan people. She then tells us how President George H. W. Bush became the first U.S. president to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We hear about the President’s spiritual side, the great pressure on the U.S. government to avoid contact with His Holiness, and how at the last minute Elsie managed to arrange a meeting in April 1991.
Elsie describes the President and the Dalai Lama’s meeting in detail, and also shares how she herself met the Dalai Lama and what they discussed. She then tells how she arranged the meeting between the Dalai Lama and President George W. Bush.
 The Wisdom Podcast - Elsie Walker: The Dalai Lama and the Presidents Bush | Wisdom Publications

nota : datas dos encontros
President George W. Bush – October 16, 2007
President George W. Bush – November 9, 2005
President George W. Bush – September 10, 2003
President George W. Bush – May 23, 2001
President Bill Clinton
 President George H. W. Bush – April 17, 1991

 President George W. Bush – October 17, 2007
Transcript, President Bush addresses Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony
As a nation, we are humbled to know that a young boy in Tibet – as a young boy in Tibet, His Holiness kept a model of the Statue of Liberty at his bedside. Years later, on his first visit to America, he went to Battery Park in New York City so he could see the real thing up close. On his first trip to Washington, he walked through the Jefferson Memorial – a monument to the man whose words launched a revolution that still inspires men and women across the world. Jefferson counted as one of America’s greatest blessings the freedom of worship. It was, he said, “a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government, and yet proved by our experience to be its best support.”
The freedom of belief is a yearning of the human spirit, a blessing offered to the world, and a cherished value of our nation. It’s the very first protection offered in the American Bill of Rights. It inspired many of the leaders that this rotunda honors in portraits and marble. And it still defines our way of life.
Consider where we gather today. This great symbol of democracy sits quietly near a Catholic parish, a Jewish synagogue, a Muslim community center, a Greek Orthodox cathedral, and a Buddhist temple – each with faithful followers who practice their deeply held beliefs and live side by side in peace. This diversity is not a source of instability – it’s a source of strength. This freedom does not belong to one nation – it belongs to the world. link

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