HIS HOLINESS the Dalai Lama received a warm welcome in the White House during his recent visit and applauded the efforts of President Obama in continuing the work originated by his predecessor George W Bush.
If current trends are maintained it is believed that Buddhism will become the main religion in the United States by the year 2020.
"In order to reach the state of Nirvana a Buddhist must reject all desires and, in particular, material possessions." said the spiritual leader.
"By significantly reducing, or indeed removing as many material possessions as possible from the population the average citizen will find the transition to Buddhism easier than ever, eventually forgetting what they craved in the first place. The initial stage involving Hopes and Dreams has been a resounding success" he concluded.