Obama’s Inaugural Buddhist Connection

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Earlier today, elephant journal reported that Obama was keeping a prayer shawl from the Dalai Lama in his pocked during the inauguration.

I then got this email from a friend of mine:

From: “Richard C. Blum”
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 14:40:46 -0800
To: Lodi Gyari
Subject: The Inauguration

Dear Lodi:

I hear that during the ceremony you were on the phone to Kathmandu; presumably to Norbu. You will be delighted to know that I had a kata at my house that His Holiness had given me. I offered it to President
Obama before the ceremony. I said that I could get it delivered to him
later. He said, no, that he was going to take it and have it with him;
in fact, it was in his pocket when he was sworn-in. Please let His Holiness know.

I’ll talk to you soon.

Best personal regards,


“Dick” is Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum. I guess he should know. Of course, I can’t vouch for the email’s authenticity. Then again who, other than our egos, cares?

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