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12october20104California: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama landed at San Francisco International Airport, California, late this morning, on the first leg of his official visit to America and Canada, which formally begins in San Jose on October 12th.

Upon his arrival he was greeted by fomer minister Lobsang Nyandak Zayul, Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the Americas, and a representative of the Indian Consulate. Alongside them were many members of the Tibetan community from California eager to welcome His Holiness to America.

From the airport he was escorted by car to his hotel in San Jose, where again he was greeted by a large gathering of people including: Venerable Thupten Donyo of the Gyuto Vajrayana Center, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jamyang of the Geden Shoeling Tibetan Manjushri Buddhist Center, officials of Stanford University, who are all organizers of the events in San Jose and Palo Alto, President Kaydor Aukatsang, and General Secretary Tsedup of the Tibetan Association of Northern California. Kasur Tenzin Namgyal Tethong and Kasur Pema Chhinjor.

In addition to the Buddhist teachings on October 12th and 13th, His Holiness will be spending two consecutive days at Stanford University where he will participate in a series of talks and lectures covering such topics as; "The Centrality of Compassion in Human Life and Society", "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life" and "Scientific Explorations of Compassion and Altruism".

Through-out His Holiness duration in America he will be accompanied by Secretary Tenzin Taklha and Secretary Tsegyam. The Dalai Lama plans to travel to California, Georgia, Ohio and finally Canada before returning to India on the October 25th.

For more details on His Holiness' schedule visit for a complete itinerary and accompanying links.

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