The Dalai Lama Meets with Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

His Holiness, The Dalai Lama is visiting Washington, D.C. to participate in the Kalachakra for World Peace event.
 
Yesterday, His Holiness visited Capitol Hill to meet members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was accompanied by Speaker Penpa Tsering, Kalon Tripa-elect Lobsang Sangay, Special Envoy Lodi Gyari and Secretary Tenzin Taklha.  Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, and 11 members of the Committee were present.
 
Senator Kerry formally welcomed His Holiness saying “Tashi Delek,” which is a Tibetan greeting. Kerry has met with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama on numerous occassions.
 
In his remarks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama “explained the devolution of his authority.”
He then talked about people being important saying that just as the world belonged to humanity, China belonged to the Chinese people. His Holiness also talked about his deep admiration of democratic principles and about how the Tibetan people appreciated the democratic freedom in the United States. His Holiness said he wanted to thank the United States Senate for the good support to the Tibetans. He reiterated that Tibetans were looking for a solution that did not involve separation of Tibet from China.
 
His Holiness also talked about the situation in Tibet where there were increasing control in the people’s ability to preserve and promote their identity and culture. He said one source of encouragement was the growing interest in Tibetan Buddhism in the Chinese community. His Holiness highlighted the right of the 1.3 billion in China to know reality as also their having the ability to judge what is right and wrong. Therefore, His Holiness said that censorship was immoral and transparency was needed in China.

Following his meeting with Senator Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, The Dalai Lama “attended a separate function within the Capitol complex, where he was presented with the Mother Teresa International Caring Award for dedicating his life to promoting the values of caring, compassion and public service by former senators Robert Dole and Tom Daschle…”

(Photos/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)
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