Congressional Medal to the XIV Dalai Lama

I’m usually unimpressed with the actions of my federal government, but yesterday they did something right. In an historic ceremony, Congress conferred their Gold Medal to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Even our dear president had a few positive words to say. The award was co-sponsored by Senator Feinstein, who noted:

The Dalai Lama is a worthy recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal. He is one of the world’s greatest religious leaders and has used human compassion, courage and conviction as his tools in carving a path for peace. For half a century, he has struggled to better the lives of the Tibetan people. In doing so, he has been a shining light to all those fighting for freedom around the world.

I’m particularly excited that His Holiness has chosen to come to Atlanta this weekend for some special events. My wife and I, along with my parents who will join us for the weekend, are planning to hear his teachings on Sunday and his public talk on Monday.

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