Just two days after the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, members of the US House of Representatives passed House Resolution 337, titled, “Calling for substantive dialogue, without preconditions, in order to address Tibetan grievances and secure a negotiated agreement for the Tibetan people.”

Among other provisions, the resolution called on the US government to “underscore that government interference in the Tibetan reincarnation process is a violation of the internationally recognized right to religious freedom, and that matters related to reincarnations in Tibetan Buddhism are of keen interest to Tibetan Buddhist populations worldwide.”