Given the size and scope of the Library of Congress?s collections, it seems that just about any event that can be held in Washington, D.C., potentially could be supplemented by our vast holdings.
Such is the case with a very special visitor this week to the U.S. Capitol.? His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will be in Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal?the nation?s highest civilian honor.? The medal will be presented to him on Oct. 17 in a private ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The public is invited to attend to a day of Tibetan cultural activities on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and a speech by the Dalai Lama.
To mark the occasion, the Library of Congress has organized ?Celebrating Tibet,? a display of 40 Tibetan items that will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 16-19, in the Asian Reading Room, located in Room 150 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Drawn from the Library?s Asian collection of more than 2 million items, the display will include rare and highly decorative Tibetan books from the 17th through 19th centuries and other related materials.
For more information about the Asian collection, visit the Asian Reading Room online or peruse the ?Asian Division Illustrated Guide.? A search on ?Tibet? in the guide will bring up specific information about the Tibetan Collection and selected images. One of these, ?The Tibetan Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom in 100,000 Verses,? will be included in the display (pictured in this post).
Although his schedule wouldn?t permit a visit to the Library this time around by His Holiness, we are told that he is interested in coming back in the future to see the Library and its collections.