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His Holiness he Dalai Lama (C) bows toward the audience after receiving his Congressional Gold Medal as Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel (R) applaud in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda October 17, 2007 in Washington, DC. Photo: TPI/File

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Dharamshala — United States Senator for California and longtime Tibet supporter, Dianne Feinstein has introduced a resolution in the Senate of the United States to honor the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday this July 6.

"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," said Feinstein.

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.).

"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 states its "recognizing the out-standing contributions His Holiness has made to the promotion of nonviolence, human rights, interfaith dialogue, environmental awareness, and democracy."

"For over 50 years, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has significantly advanced greater understanding, tolerance, harmony, and respect among the religious faiths of the world," it said.

"The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 in recognition of his efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the situation in Tibet and to promote non-violent methods for resolving conflict," the resolution added.

"The Dalai Lama was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights, and religious understanding," Feinstein said, adding "the Dalai Lama has led the effort to preserve the rich and unique cultural, religious, historical, and lin-guistic heritage of the people of Tibet while working to safeguard other endangered cultures throughout the world."

"The 14th Dalai Lama has devolved the traditional role of the Dalai Lama as the political head of the Tibetan government, and his own responsibilities within the Central Tibetan Administration, in favor of the democratically elected leadership of Tibetans in exile, while continuing to travel and speak as a spiritual leader for the people of Tibet, the resolution added.

"Together with leading environmentalists, the Dalai Lama has been gravely concerned by the degradedstate of the environment of Tibet and the consumption of the natural resources of Tibet, including freshwater, because the degradations have implications not only for the people of Tibet, but for the whole of Asia," it further added.

"The people of the United States, including Tibetan Americans, have come to regard the Dalai Lama as a leading figure of moral and religious authority".

The resolution specifically extends well-wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday, 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."

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