February 5, 2007 - The Dalai Lama is named a presidential distinguished professor at Emory University in Atlanta.
June 22, 2007 - Appears in a documentary titled "Ten Questions for the Dalai Lama," a 2001 interview done in India that shows some of the life and teachings of the Dalai Lama.
October 9-31, 2007 - Visits North America. October 17, in Washington, DC, is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush. October 20 - 22, visits Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, for a conference and installation as a presidential distinguished professor.
January 2008 - Calls for peaceful protests during the upcoming Beijing Olympics, in order to highlight the plight of Tibet.
March 18, 2008 - States during an interview that he would step down as leader of Tibetan exiles if violence in Tibet were to get out of control.
April 13, 2008 - Arrives in the US for a ten-day tour that makes stops in Seattle, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Hamilton, New York.
April 21, 2008 - The Dalai Lama is made an "honorary citizen" of Paris, over the objections of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's political party.
May 23, 2008 - Meets with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London.
June 12, 2008 - Urges his supporters not to cause trouble when the Olympic torch passes through Tibet; he also reiterates a general plea for his supports not to target the torch or the Olympic games.
October 6, 2009 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi awards the inaugural Lantos Human Rights Prize to the Dalai Lama, honoring his commitment to ending global injustices.
March 10, 2011 - Announces he plans to devolve political power to an elected leader of the Tibetan exile movement.
May 29, 2011 - Approves amendments to the exiled constitution, formally removing his political and administrative responsibilities.
July 16, 2011 - Meets with President Barack Obama at the White House.
May 14, 2012 - Accepts the Templeton Prize, an award worth £1.1 million ($1.77 million), which honors "outstanding individuals who have devoted their talents to expanding our vision of human purpose and ultimate reality."