Source: The Idaho Statesman
On January 27, 2005 The Idaho Statesman reported, "The Dalai Lama plans to visit Sun Valley for the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Organizers of September's trip say the Nobel Prize-winning spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists will address a general audience, conduct private meetings, speak at a news conference and talk to invited corporate leaders about ethics in business. Kiril Sokoloff, a financial researcher from Ketchum who says he's a personal friend of the Dalai Lama, said a formal invitation to Idaho was offered by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. Kempthorne said in his letter that he wanted Idaho's children to meet with the man considered by his followers to be the 14th in a line of Dalai Lamas. He's said to be the incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. The Dalai Lama has agreed to hold a special session with kids during the visit to Sun Valley, Sokoloff said. During his stay, he'll bless a prayer wheel that's expected to remain in Sun Valley. Tibetan prayer wheels, also called Mani wheels, are devices believed by Buddhists to spread spiritual blessings and wellbeing."