Lawmakers send birthday wishes to Dalai Lama

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) each sent greetings to the Dalai Lama on his birthday Tuesday. The Tibetan spiritual leader turned 75.

Polis said:

Happy 75th birthday, Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama) h/t @elephantjournal

Pelosi said:

Happy 75th birthday @DalaiLama-I offer my continued appreciation of your life's work promoting compassion, peace & human rights.

Pelosi's office also released a statement:

“... His Holiness often describes himself as a ‘simple monk, no more, no less.’  But His Holiness represents much more to many people around the world.  For thousands, he is a source of spiritual refuge and a connection to inner peace and harmony.  He has traveled the world, building bridges between the different faiths.  He has used his position to promote wisdom, compassion, and non-violence as a solution - not only in Tibet - but to other world conflicts.

The Dalai Lama has made the human rights situation in Tibet an issue of international concern, and it is long past time to resolve it.  A negotiated agreement would ensure internal stability in Tibet and bolster China’s reputation in the world.

His Holiness has expressed a willingness to visit China and engage directly with high level officials.   It is my sincere hope that Beijing will send a confident message by inviting His Holiness to China for substantive discussions ...”