The Dalai Lama speaks during his Public Talk, A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington on June 13. | AP Photo
Speaker Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi will host a bipartisan lunch for the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, according to their offices.
Approximately 30 members will attend the event, as will actor Richard Gere, who has a longstanding relationship with the Tibetan religious leader.
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“It is a great official and personal honor to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama back to the United States Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement.
“Our bipartisan luncheon with Speaker Ryan is a tribute to the deep respect His Holiness enjoys on both sides of the aisle for the message of peace, compassion and responsibility he brings to the world. Every time His Holiness visits the Capitol, he reminds us that ‘change comes through action,’ and that Congress must do our part to help the Tibetan people in their fight to preserve their language, culture and religion.”
“It’s an honor to join Leader Pelosi in welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Capitol,” Ryan said in his own statement. “His faith is an inspiration to so many.”
The Dalai Lama arrived in the United States on Sunday for a 15-day visit on Sunday. He gave a speech at American University on Monday. Further stops are planned in California, Colorado, Indiana and Utah, according to the Dalai Lama’s public schedule.