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PRESS CREDENTIAL APPLICATION: NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER'S 2015 LIBERTY MEDAL CEREMONY

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --



WHO:

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

WHAT:

His Holiness will be presented with the 2015 Liberty Medal in an outdoor ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia.

WHEN:

Monday, October 26, 2015
Media check-in: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106

DETAILS:

The 27th annual Liberty Medal Ceremony will recognize His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for his advocacy for human rights worldwide. In his work, His Holiness has consistently promoted dialogue in seeking solutions to problems, and has criticized censorship for its role in preventing the progression of ideas. He has advocated for and participated in the idea of interfaith dialogue and tolerance, pointing out that all major religions convey the same message of love, compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is a Buddhist monk and the spiritual leader of Tibet. He was born in northeastern Tibet and at the age of two, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. He began his monastic education at age six, and at age 23, passed his final examination with honors, receiving the highest level degree, equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy. He was called to assume full political power in 1950. He presented a draft democratic constitution for Tibet in 1963, which was followed by reforms resulting in a charter enshrining freedom of speech, belief, assembly and movement.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He is the recipient of more than 150 awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion.

Press credential application can be found online at: http://constitutioncenter.org/libertymedal/media.html

CONTACT: Molly Stieber 215-568-2525 mstieber@devineandpartners.com Merissa Blum 215-409-6645 mblum@constitutioncenter.org

Source: National Constitution Center