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Ohio: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama was honored yesterday (20th October) in Ohio for his contribution towards world freedom. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Centre presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the "International Freedom Conductor Award" in recognition of his work for Tibet and his promotion of peace and non-violence.

"The Dalai Lama's tireless efforts on behalf of Tibet - and his life-long advocacy of freedom and peace for all people - are in the finest traditions of those abolitionists who fought for the eradication of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries," said Freedom Center CEO & President Donald W. Murphy.

In the past the award has been given to Rosa Parks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bill Clinton. A $25,000 prize was offered with the award, but the Dalai Lama donated it back to the center.

His Holiness received the award in front of packed out crowd of nearly 2,000 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. After accepting the award His Holiness spoke briefly to the audience and then answered question posed to him by the audience.

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