logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Buddhism Site

BellaOnline's Buddhism Editor

g

US Congress Honors His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Guest Author - Samten Tsomo

Finally the US is honoring a great spiritual leader and a great man.

On 27 September 2006 President George W. Bush signed into law a bill honoring His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill recognizes �his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding.�

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest US civilian honor awarded by congress. Since 1776 the Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to such notables as Rosa Parks (1999), Pope John Paul II (2000), the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King (2004) and Nelson Mandela (1998.)

Many of you already know that China invaded Tibet in 1949. In 1959, after a failed uprising, His Holiness was forced to seek refuge in India. Thousands followed him to escape religious persecution and in some cases, torture. His Holiness has worked to reach a peaceful resolution with China without making much progress. Needless to say the Peoples Republic of China objects congress honoring His Holiness this way, just as they did when He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The Spokesman for Chinese Foreign Ministry, Qin Gang was asked what China's comment was on Congress�s decision to award the Congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness, he said:

�The US Congress insisted on passing the resolution of conferring on Dalai Lama the so-called "congressional gold medal" in defiance of China's repeated representations. It sent a severely wrong signal to the "Tibet-independence" forces, grossly interfered with China's internal affairs and undermined China-US relations. China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition. Tibet is an inseparable part of China's territory, which is the consensus widely recognized by the international community, including the United States. What Dalai said and did over the past decades has testified that he is a political exile who has long engaged in secessionist activities under the cover of religion. He has never stopped his splittist activities for "Tibet independence". China is firmly opposed to the interference in China's internal affairs by any country or any individual by playing up the Dalai question. Our resolve to safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity is unswerving."


I believe that helps to show just how patient His Holiness is while working towards peace. It truly takes a great man to work towards peace for over 50 years against such resistance.

You can read a copy of the bill (now law) here.

For more information on the Congressional Gold Medal Recipients please visit http://clerk.house.gov/histHigh/Congressional_History/goldMedal.html.
Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Twitter Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Facebook Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to MySpace Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Del.icio.us Digg US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Yahoo My Web Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Google Bookmarks Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Stumbleupon Add US+Congress+Honors+His+Holiness+the+Dalai+Lama to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Buddhism Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Samten Tsomo. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Samten Tsomo. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Lisa Erickson for details.

g


g features
Four On-Demand Movies About Tibetan Buddhism

Buddhist Rebirth

Intro to Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation Ebook

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor