Dharamshala — The United States Constitution Center announced Wednesday morning that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be honored with the 2015 Liberty Medal, based on the leader's unwavering commitment to human rights and promotion of compassion worldwide.
"In his advocacy for Tibetans and for human rights worldwide, the Dalai Lama has always emphasized the ideals of freedom, dialogue, and tolerance. For this reason he embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal, which aims to honor men and women who strive to secure such blessings of liberty to people around the globe," said National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen in a statement.
In response to the news, His Holiness issued a statement saying, "I am delighted as a recipient to be in the company of so many other inspirational leaders. I have made it my life's work to spread the message of kindness and compassion and I can think of no better place to be recognized than in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection."
His Holiness will travel to Philadelphia to receive the prestigious award during the 27th annual Liberty Medal award ceremony on October 26, 2015, at the National Constitution Center.
The Liberty Medal, established in 1988, annually honors men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, and Muhammad Ali were the most recent recipients of the Medal.