We just received in writing permission from the Office of Tibet New York, an official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Administration-in-Exile, based in Dharamsala, India, confirming that I have permission to use the footage I filmed of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Portland this year.
While I was granted a media pass and was able to attend and film both the press conference (and ask His Holiness a question), as well as the two-day environmental summit, I was told I would have to go directly through the Office of Tibet in New York to obtain permission to actually use the footage. After many emails, and submission of film clips and other documentation, today we received the note from Ngawang Yonten granting the permissions. It will be a tremendous honor, to say the least, to weave these clips of His Holiness speaking on nature and the environment into the film.
Thank you and stay in touch!
Peace and Blessings, Chris