May 23, 2013 21:43 Our Views: We welcome Dalai Lama Our Views: We welcome Dalai Lama Advocate story May 23, 2013 Comments We welcome the visit to New Orleans by the Dalai Lama, the revered religious leader of many Buddhists around the world. He is perhaps the most high-profile religious leader to visit Louisiana since the late John Paul II visited New Orleans in 1987. The Dalai Lama’s visit, like the visit by the legendary pontiff a generation ago, promises to resonate far beyond the ranks of the devout. The Dalai Lama’s stature as a world leader gives him prominence in the secular world as well. His nonviolent resistance to the longstanding Chinese occupation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama’s homeland, has made him a global hero in the struggle for human rights. The Dalai Lama’s message of peace should be especially welcome in New Orleans right now in the aftermath of a Mother’s Day shooting that injured 19 people. We wish the Dalai Lama a successful visit to Louisiana, and we hope his presence here serves as an inspiration to area residents.