- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Dalai Lama told an audience of about 16,000 yesterday that compassion is a part of every religion and is the key to global peace.

“All [religions] carry the same message on compassion,” the religious leader said during a one-hour talk in the MCI Center. “The genus compassion should be unbiased. … The whole world become like one family.”

The audience saved its most enthusiastic response for the celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 70th birthday. He was born July 6, 1935, in what was northeast Tibet, and his followers are celebrating the entire year.

The occasion came halfway through the Dalai Lama’s 10-day visit in the District.

On Wednesday, he met with President Bush and first lady Laura Bush. Mr. Bush is expected to push for more progress in the quest for peace between Tibetans and the Chinese when he meets this month with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Tenzin Gyatso was 2 when he was singled out as the 14th Dalai Lama of the Tibetan Buddhists. He was 16 when China invaded Tibet. Nine years later, as Chinese troops suppressed a Tibetan uprising, he escaped into India, where he established the Tibetan government in exile.

The Dalai Lama prepared a democratic constitution and in 1979 began working with Chinese leaders for restoration of an autonomous Tibet. Those efforts continue with the International Campaign for Tibet. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, praising the progress he had made without resorting to violence.

Yesterday, 21 representatives of political districts across Tibet bowed in respect to the Dalai Lama.

He returned their compliments by wrapping long white sashes around their necks. He also presented a sash to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, who had introduced him.

Mrs. Pelosi referred to the Dalai Lama as “his holiness,” and said his message of global peace through compassion could resolve global problems.

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