September 25, 2015
The 2015 Liberty Medal award ceremony for the Dalai Lama at Philadelphia' s National Constitution Center, as well as a teaching session at La Salle University in October, have been canceled due to the Tibetan leader's health condition.
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama released the following statement announcing the cancellation of the entire U.S. trip, which featured stops in Boulder, Colorado, Salt Lake City, and Philadelphia on October 26.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in the United States for a medical check-up. The doctors have advised His Holiness to rest for the next several weeks. As a result, His Holiness’ planned October U.S. visit has been canceled. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused by this decision and apologize to all the people who have worked so hard in organizing the visit as well as to the public. We thank you for your support and understanding.
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was scheduled to receive the Liberty Medal in recognition of his advocacy for Tibetans and human rights worldwide. In his lifetime, the Buddhist monk has been honored with more than 150 awards, including the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and the Shine a Light Award in 2011 from Amnesty International.