Washington DC, USA, 7 March 2014 – On arrival at the Washington National Cathedral this morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly received by the Bishop, the Rt Rev Mariann Edgar Budde and the Dean, the Very Rev Gary Hall.
...In the Cathedral, Rev Hall explained that His Holiness was making his fourth visit and the Rt Rev Budde introduced him to the audience. He stepped up to the podium only to turn back to retrieve a cap from his bag to shield his eyes from the bright lights and enable him to see the faces in the audience. He began:
“Respected elder brothers and sisters, younger brothers and sisters, it’s a great honour for me to be here again. We are now in the 21st century, at time when religious harmony is as important as ever. Generally, there is a strong desire for peace everywhere, while people increasingly feel that violence is not the right way to solve problems. Indeed, people are fed up with violence. We don’t need to repeat the mistakes of the last century and one element in this is to promote inter-religious harmony.”