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US Senate tables resolution extending 80th birthday wishes to Dalai Lama

June 15, 2015

US Senate (Feinstein), June 11, 2015 - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced a resolution extending well-wishes to the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday on July 6, 2015.

The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

“His Holiness is a singular figure among world leaders, moral authorities and religious mentors,” said Senator Feinstein. “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.”

“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,” said Senator Kirk.

Specifically, the resolution:

  • Extends well-wishes to the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday;
  • Recognizes the Dalai Lama for a lifelong commitment and outstanding contribution to the promotion of nonviolence, human rights, religious tolerance, environmental awareness and democracy; and
  • Recognizes the Dalai Lama 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.

The full text of the resolution can be found at: http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve/?File_id=e474dbcf-8267-41be-9a72-118ed95b29e3   

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