Beliefnet joined the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in presenting a public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, July 3, 2000, on the National Mall, Washington, DC. The address was part of the three-day Monlam Chenmo Prayer Festival celebrating the Buddha's enlightenment.

A video presentation of the event is available here.

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Web links The official website of the Dalai Lama, with history, biography, and teachings. The website of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile offers comprehensive news updates and information on Tibetan history and culture. The website of the International Campaign for Tibet provides information about their worldwide efforts to publicize the plight of the Tibetan people and the community in exile. Students for a Free Tibet, a nonprofit group that educates campuses and communities about the situation in Tibet and mobilizes people to takes action to assist the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom. The Milarepa Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of universal compassion and nonviolence. The Fund actively supports the non-violent social change that the Tibetan struggle embodies. Tibet House in New York City is a cultural center, with gallery, library, archives, and a repatriation collection of outstanding examples of Tibetan art. The Tibet Fund assists the social and economic advancement of the Tibetans, both inside and outside Tibet, through programs in health, education, and economic and community development. Norbulingka Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Tibetan arts. Publisher of Buddhist books and translations of sacred texts as well as a clearinghouse of information on Tibetan Buddhism The online gallery of the Donald and Shelley Rubin Foundation's vast Tibetan art collection, with links to Tibetan art and textual preservation projects around the globe. The hub for Tricyle: The Buddhist Review, a quarterly magazine providing a forum for Western dharma practitioners. Buddhist publishers specializing in books by dharma teachers and translations of the original Buddhist texts. Founded to make available the talks and writings of the late Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala offers hundreds of Buddhist titles.

Chat Transcript
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Donald S. Lopez Jr., Tibetan Buddhist scholar & author, had to say about
the Dalai Lama.
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