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Dhasa: Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lami, Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, has given three gifts to The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on His Holiness' behalf. An 18th century Thangka of the Buddha from the Paksam Trishing collection, a Mandala offering set, and a golden butter lamp were presented to Dr.James Billington, the Librarian, at an event on Saturday 17 July.
During a visit to the library in February earlier this year, His Holiness expressed a wish to contribute to its collection. Gyari Rinpoche referred to the gifts given by the 13th Dalai Lama to the library 102 years ago, and spoke of how the current presents were a means to strengthen the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the United States.
Dr. Billington spoke of his thanks for the gifts and the honour he felt in receiving them, asking Gyari Rinpoche to relay his gratitude to His Holiness and to tell him he is always welcome to visit again and again. Billington said that the duty of the Library was to provide ‘the light of wisdom' to the world through access to its vast collections of knowledge, and that His Holiness's gifts symbolically represented this mission. The Library's Tibetan collection consists of nearly 13,000 volumes.