#TBT: The Dalai Lama Drops By in 1979


The Dalai Lama meets Asia Society President Phillip Talbot in 1979. (Nancy Crampton)

In 1979, the Dalai Lama met with then-Asia Society President Phillips Talbot. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and assumed his formal role as temporal ruler of Tibet at age 15 in 1950. In 1959, after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, he fled Tibet and has lived in exile in India ever since. He has visited Asia Society on several ocassions throughout the years.

Each week for "Throwback Thursday" (#TBT), we'll reach into our archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. Some photos will feature important moments, some will feature important people, and others still will just be photos we love. Do you have an Asia Society photo you'd like us to consider including in this series? Please email the photo and any related details to photos@theasiablog.org (we regret that we won't be able to respond directly to each inquiry).