Dalai Lama visits U.S.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Dalai Lama has arrived in Seattle for a conference on teaching compassion.

The visit of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader is his first to the U.S. since China's recent crackdown on protests in Tibet.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of agitating against Chinese rule in Tibet. Today, he told Seattle Tibetans that he supports nonviolent demonstrations. He adds that he supports the Beijing Olympics and was saddened by yesterday's protests in San Francisco.

The Buddhist leader says he plans to rest today. The five-day "Seeds of Compassion" conference begins tomorrow.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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