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Meeting The Dalai Lama

May 13, 2011

He’s from Tibet and must crave the cold. That’s what we decided while covering the Dalai Lama. The air conditioning in the hotel ballroom where he was about to hold a press conference intermittently plunged into the freezing zone.

But I also appreciate a chill in the air. I think clearly and feel sharper. And when you’re about to meet the Dalai Lama, clear and sharp is what you need to be.

The Dalai Lama is in Newark, New Jersey to participate in a conference on global peace and he took questions from journalists Thursday before the launch of the peace summit.

I asked the Dalai Lama if it’s ever ok for someone to be killed in the name of justice, like Osama Bin Laden. The Dalai Lama made some comments in California last week that left people feeling he believed Bin Laden’s death was justified. In his answer to my question the Dalai Lama said he feels Bin Laden was already a “defeated” man and believes his death at the hands of the U-S military was wrong. He also acknowledged all of the people who disagree with his thinking.

After 45 minutes of answering questions…The Dalai Lama left the stage and as he did, looked my direction, paused, gave a quick bow of his head and shook my hand. ┬áIt was an extraordinary moment that I will remember the rest of my life.