The Dalai Lama Visits a DC Homeless Shelter

The Dalai Lama stopped by a women’s shelter while he was in Washington this week. The spiritual leader was in the nation’s capital to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor on Wednesday, which raised the ire of the Chinese government.

The article vividly describes the scene in the shelter right after the Dalai Lama’s departure:

As he left, the room fell silent, save for the clear voice of Audrey McMorrow, 46, a former shelter resident seated in the midst of the crowd. Slowly, majestically, she chanted a Sanskrit mantra she said she’d heard the Tibetan leader recite years ago, the mantra that inspired her to pursue chanting as a way to stay sober.

McMarrow left the shelter a year ago and is now working as a massage therapist.

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