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US Library of Congress receives special gifts from the Dalai Lama

July 21, 2010

July 20, 2010

Dharamsala, July 20 -- The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
received three special gifts for its collection from His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. At an event on Saturday (July 17) the Librarian, Dr.James
Billington, received the gifts from the Tibetan leader's Special
Envoy Lodi Gyari.

The three gifts were an 18th century Thangka of the Buddha from the
Paksam Trishing collection; a Mandala offering set; and a golden butter lamp.

Gyari Rinpoche said His Holiness the Dalai Lama had wished to gift
some things to the library during His visit to the Library in
February this year. Rinpoche said the gifts would be strengthening
the bond between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the United States.
102 years ago, William Rockhill had received some gifts from the 13th
Dalai Lama, which later became a part of the Library's collection.

Dr Billington, in his remarks, said he was honoured and humbled to
accept the very special gifts from His Holiness. He said that when
His Holiness visited the Library he had the opportunity to show him
the gifts given by his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama, to William
Rockhill in 1908. These included a beautiful thangka and a copy of
the Tibetan text on the perfection of wisdom, both highly symbolic of
the special meeting.

Dr Billington said today's gifts also have special symbolic
significance. He said they reminded him of the Library's core
mission, to offer the light of wisdom and learning to the world
through preserving a universal collection of knowledge and creativity
for future generations. He said this includes the Library's Tibetan
collection consisting of nearly 13,000 volumes.

Librarian Billington requested Gyari Rinpoche to thank His Holiness
for the gifts, and welcomed His Holiness to visit again.
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