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.
birthday, Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama) h/t @elephantjournal
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:
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 ...”