Nobel tributes at Dalai Lama birthday bash


ANAHEIM, United States: Fellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California. A string of minor celebrities also paid tribute to the crimson-robed 14th Dalai Lama ahead of his birthday on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), although protesters also gathered outside the event south of Los Angeles. “He always says he is just a simple Buddhist monk,” said anti-landmines campaigner Jodi Williams, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1997, who sang a snippet of Happy Birthday to him. The Dalai Lama was guest of honor at the Global Compassion Summit at the Honda Center in Anaheim, speaking on “awakening compassion” and the “transformative power of creativity and art.”



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