DHARAMSHALA: US Senator and longtime Tibet supporter, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution yesterday, extending well wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his upcoming 80th birthday on 6 July.
The resolution was co-sponsored 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 recognise 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.
The resolution specifically extends well-wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday; recognising His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s lifelong commitment and outstanding contribution to the promotion of nonviolence, human rights, religious tolerance, environmental awareness and democracy; and recognises His Holiness’ deep moral conviction 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.