Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dalai Lama Medal

Avalokitesvara is in America. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama receives his Congressional Gold Medal in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, in Washington, D.C.

It is my immediate experience that His Holiness has fully extended his blessings today.

You will be able to purchase duplicates of this medal at 1:00 p.m. EST today by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The obverse of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal, designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, features a smiling portrait of the Dalai Lama. The Himalayan Mountains are in the background. The inscriptions "14th Dalai Lama of Tibet," "Tenzin Gyatso," his birth name, "Act of Congress" and "2006" are included on the obverse.

The reverse, designed by Joseph Menna, a United States Mint Medallic Sculptor, depicts a stylized lotus flower, considered to be a symbol of purity. The inscriptions include a quotation from the Dalai Lama, "World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not the absence of violence. Peace is the manifestation of human compassion."

The three-inch, bronze reproduction medal is available for $38.00, and the one and a half inch medal is $3.75. There is an additional shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order. Presentation cases also are available.

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