• For the first time in US history, the celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha (Vesak) was held in the White House on May 26. DP's founder Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, pictured here lighting a candle, joined other Buddhist leaders as the representative of Vajrayana Buddhism. Official White House photo by Cameron Smith

  • For the first time in US history, the celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha (Vesak) was held in the White House on May 26. DP's founder Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, pictured here lighting a candle, joined other Buddhist leaders as the representative of Vajrayana Buddhism. Official White House photo by Cameron Smith