February 17, 2010, the Dalai Lama visited President Barack Obama in the White House.
NKT was against the meeting along side the Chinese government.
US President Barack Obama offered support for Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and his Himalayan homeland, defying NKT and Chinese anger by meeting the exiled 75 year old monk at the White House.
NKT and China cannot stand that Tibetans support the Dalai Lama and that he was awarded the 2010 Democracy Service Medal from the National Endowment for Democracy during a presentation at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
Service Medal National Endowment for Democracy
From The National Endowment for Democracy,
"The National Endowment for Democracy presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Democracy Service Medal in recognition of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s commitment to advancing the principles of democracy and human dignity on February 19, 2010 in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress.
The Dalai Lama addressed an audience of approximately 500 at his only public appearance during his Washington visit.
Commenting on the significance of the honor for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, NED President Carl Gershman said,
The struggle of the Tibetan people to preserve their culture is world renowned. What is little known, however, is that the Dalai Lama, even before leaving Tibet, sought to implement significant reforms in the system of government. Only in exile was the Dalai Lama able to implement those reforms. Today, the Tibetan community in exile operates under a democratic constitution, with an elected National Assembly and a Supreme Court, with day-to-day powers vested in an elected prime minister. The Dalai Lama himself has often said that it is not enough to oppose Chinese totalitarianism, but that it is necessary to offer a democratic alternative. Because the Tibetan people have transformed their suffering into a source of moral strength, they have become an inspiration to others who have suffered injustice."
NKT opposes any role for the Dalai Lama in Tibet or Tibetan Buddhism.
Regarding Tibet and the Dalai Lama, NKT supports China, not the United States or any other western government. NKT views the Dalai Lama as the product of a CIA conspiracy.
Kelsang Gyatso boils with envy. He must constantly wonder why his idol, called Lord Shugden by NKTites, will not derail the Dalai Lama, for which NKT so fervently protests.