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VOA Broadcasts Rare TV Interview with Karmapa Lama

The spiritual leader talked about challenges his followers face

Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007 - The Voice of America's (VOA) Tibetan Service will broadcast an exclusive interview with the Karmapa Lama tomorrow on their television call-in show Kunleng. The interview was done in Dharmsala, India, and will be broadcast on the call-in show at 10:00 a.m. Washington time (10:00 p.m. in Tibet).

"Tibetans are facing the challenge of being able to survive as people, living with dignity and freedom. This is something we must ponder and must do our best to achieve," said the Karmapa Lama. "We must take the viewpoint that looks far beyond our daily lives and sees the great test that we are facing."

Following the interview's broadcast, the Karmapa's chief secretary will answer questions from the audience live by phone from Dharmsala, India.

VOA's interview with the Karmapa Lama is the first time that he has been interviewed in Tibetan for television since his escape to exile in India. During the interview, the Karmapa Lama answers questions about his daily routine, how he keeps in touch with his followers, and challenges he sees them facing.

VOA's Tibetan Service broadcasts a one-hour television news show every week and four hours of radio programming per day. In addition to news, show topics include health, culture, language, music, literature, and youth issues. More news and information is available on VOA's website at

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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