(TibetanReview.net, Jun13, 2015) – A resolution was introduced in the US Senate on Jun 11, honoring Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on his 80th birthday. The draft resolution was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein. She was joined by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), as original cosponsors.
The draft resolution seeks to recognize the Dalai Lama for his lifelong commitment and outstanding contribution to the promotion of nonviolence, human rights, religious tolerance, environmental awareness, and democracy. It also seeks to recognized him for using moral authority to promote the concept of universal responsibility as a guiding tenet for how human beings should treat one another and the planet that all human beings share.
Introducing the draft resolution, which seeks to extend well-wishes to the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday on July 6, 2015, Senator Feinstein has said: “His message of peace, compassion and nonviolence has resonated throughout the world, bridged divides and inspired millions to recognize the common humanity among us. To my dear friend, I wish you a very happy birthday and many more years in which your teachings can touch even more lives.”
Likewise, Senator Kirk has said, “The Dalai Lama is an international symbol for peace and human rights. His leadership for the Tibetan people’s quest for religious freedom and fundamental rights despite adversity is an inspiration to us all.”