Left to right: Global Aviation crew members (Pilots Ephraim Ingles and Ted Neal, and Flight Attendant Pat Bennett) with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, visited Portland at the invitation of Maitripa College, on May 9-11.  Distinguished leaders of the Pacific Northwest environmental, scientific, policy, and interfaith communities joined him in a three-day environmental summit geared to “promote awareness and individual responsibility regarding both the external and internal environment.”

Global Aviation had the pleasure of flying the Dalai Lama on two separate occasions in support of his 2013 tour.  Needless to say, it was a career highlight for all of the Global Aviation employees who were involved.  “At Global Aviation, we hold all of our charter clients in the highest regard, and over the years have been honored to fly some truly remarkable people.  Because of the nature of our business, we take confidentiality very seriously,” explains Global Aviation President, Flo Newton.  “When His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his permission to publish the photo with the crew, we were especially touched.”

The Dalai Lama, who describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk, is the spiritual leader of Tibet.  Born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet, he assumed political power in 1950 at the age of 15.  That same year, The People’s Republic of China invaded the country.  Despite several appeals to China, the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers fled to exile in Dharamsala, northern India after the Tibetan national uprising in 1959.

Since that time, the Dalai Lama has worked tirelessly to establish an autonomous Tibetan state within the People’s Republic of China, but to date, the Chinese government has shown no signs of moving toward peace and reconciliation with Tibet.  None-the-less, the Dalai Lama continues to conduct workshops, symposiums and lectures worldwide in pursuit of his humanitarian efforts.  In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 2008 he announced his semi-retirement.  Today he continues to pursue his three life commitments:

  • Inter-religious harmony
  • Preservation of Tibetan religion, language and culture
  • And, perpetuation of human happiness through the teachings of compassion and care for one another

For more information please visit http://www.dalailama.com

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