Thursday, September 06, 2007

Dalai Lama's Gold Medal and Political Maturity

How pleasing it is to see that His Holiness will receive his Congressional Gold Medal, first authorised in September 2006, in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol next month.

Get the message, China?

This award--America's highest civilian honor--signifies many things to many people. To me, it represents the culmination of efforts that began in the San Francisco Bay area 40 years ago. To me, it represents a measure of political maturity on the part of the Tibetan community. To me, it represents the coming-of-age of Tibet in the West.

Let all the world see.

It is also nice to know that eventually, we will be able to purchase bronze replicas of the Dalai Lama's medal. These are usually struck by the U.S. Mint in the months following the actual award, and sold in two sizes: a small one for around $3.50, and a 3" one for around $38.00

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