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Dalai Lama receives 2009 Freedom Award in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama spread his message of compassion at a luncheon in his honor and later at a public forum.

The 74-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Wednesday accepted the National Civil Rights Museum's International Freedom Award during a luncheon at The Peabody Hotel.

As he draped a blessed scarf around the neck of another civil rights icon, Dr. Benjamin Hooks of Memphis, His Holiness made light of the decades-long plight of the Tibetan people.

"I consider this a symbol of harmony because this scarf - the tradition comes from India, but the material is made in China," he said.

Tibet remains under Chinese control, and the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile is situated in Dharamsala, India.

The Dalai Lama spent the morning touring the National Civil Rights Museum, where he prayed at the site where civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed in 1968. 

The Tibetan holy leader said one person's inner peace can lead to a peaceful world.

"One family, ten families, 100 families - there's a possibility to change all of society becoming a more compassionate society," he said.


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