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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:34pm

Dalai Lama Holds 'Office Hours' with Emory

The Dalai Lama began his "office hours" with Emory University students and faculty with his signature move: laughter.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader walked on stage Tuesday, laughed as he saw the full gymnasium and then bowed to the crowd.

The students, faculty and staff members responded with more laughter.

The Dalai Lama is at Emory as part of a presidential distinguished professorship at the private Atlanta university. He has been on campus since Sunday holding events with researchers, students and spiritual leaders.

Emory's is the only university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate. He last visited campus in 2007 for a weekend-long symposium and a public talk in downtown Atlanta.

Faculty and students from Emory travel each year to the Dalai Lama's home of Dharamsala, India, to work with monks and nuns.

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