Library of Congress Receives Special Gifts from Dalai Lama

Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari (L) presents His Holiness the Dalai Lama's gifts to Dr James Billington, Librarian of the Library of US Congress

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. received three special gifts for its collection from Tibet’s exiled leader Dalai Lama on Monday.

Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, Special Envoy to the Dalai Lama, presented an 18th century Thangka of the Buddha from the Paksam Trishing collection, a Mandala offering set and a golden butter lamp to the Congress Librarian Dr.James Billington. Gyari Rinpoche referred to the gifts given by the 13th Dalai Lama to the library 102 years ago, and spoke of how the current presents were a means to strengthen the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the United States.

The Congress Librarian Billington said he was honored and humbled to receive the gifts from the Dalai Lama and mentioned that when the Dalai Lama last visited the Library in February of this year, 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 requested Gyari Rinpoche to thank the Dalai Lama for these gifts and welcomed the Tibetan leader to visit the Library again.