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Dalai Lama to Visit Washington Next Month


Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is to come to Washington next month for meetings that touch on both politics and science.

The International Campaign for Tibet says the 70-year-old Nobel laureate hopes to meet with President Bush, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. lawmakers during the 10-day trip that begins November 8th. The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and has been struggling to gain some form of autonomy for his homeland since

The Dalai Lama is also scheduled to lecture at a conference on neuroscience, although the invitation has generated protests from some participants who object to hearing from a non-scientist. The spiritual leader will host his own conference on the science and clinical applications of meditation in advance of the event.

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