Kolkata, India: Wishes poured in for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the Tibetan spiritual leader turned 86, Tuesday.
“As per the aspirations of the living and will of the dying, may the Dalai Lama be able to visit Tibet as soon as possible. May the Sino-Tibet conflict be resolved as early as possible to pave the way for the Tibetans inside and outside Tibet to reunite at the earliest” the Tibetian Government-in-exile or TGiE said in a statement on Dalai Lama’s birthday.
Following the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Dalai Lama, who had canceled all public appearances and tours, addressed his followers by audio-visual means, renewing his vow not to abandon the path of nonviolent struggle, which he believed would, by all means, find a peaceful resolution.
“I am just one human being. Many people show they love me. And many people love my smile. Despite my old age, my face is quite handsome. Many people show me genuine friendship” the Dalai Lama said in a video.
I have taken full advantage of India’s freedom and religious peace since I became a refugee and now reside in India, he said.
I want to reassure you that I will devote the remainder of my life to resurrecting ancient Indian knowledge.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama, is a refugee in India.
He is also thought to be the last in a line of tulkus who are thought to be incarnations of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, according to legend.
The 14th Dalai Lama was born in Tibet on July 6, 1935, and fled to India as a refugee in 1959 after China invaded Tibet and committed cultural genocide.
Since then, he has made Mcleodganj, a small hamlet near Dharamshala, his home and the headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, also known as the Central Tibetan Administration.
India wishes the 14th Dalai Lama
Wishes poured in for the spiritual leader from PM Narendra Modi and several other top Indian officials.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said, “Spoke on phone to His Holiness the @DalaiLama to convey greetings on his 86th birthday.”
Modi’s greeting to the Dalai Lama comes after a year of deadly skimmers with China on the de-facto border in Galwan valley where several Indian and Chinese soldiers died in a violent face-off.
On Dalai Lama’s 85th birthday, Modi failing to wish the spiritual leader did not go unnoticed, while the HH Lama has not failed to wish the PM on his birthday.
“On behalf of all my fellow Indians, wishing His Holiness the 14th @DalaiLama on his 86th birthday. We consider ourselves fortunate to be inculcating your values in our Delhi government school students through the medium of Happiness Curriculum”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Other wishes to the Dalai Lama are:
Urge to China
In a statement released on the Dalai Lama’s birthday, the Kashag (cabinet) — the Central Tibetan Administration’s top executive office — made an “appeal” to China to enable the Dalai Lama and Tibetans-in-exile to visit Tibet.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the foremost guides of our time and one of the few individuals who can reorient Sino-Tibetan history toward a positive direction,” Kashag’s statement read.
As a result, the Chinese government must acknowledge that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is crucial to settling the Sino-Tibetan dispute, it said.
It should take advantage of the mutually advantageous ‘Middle Way Approach’ to promote a peaceful atmosphere in which Tibetans and Chinese can coexist together. As a result, we urge the Chinese government to extend an earnest invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Tibet and China on a pilgrimage without conditions, Kashag said in a statement.
Kashag said “current global political climate offers a golden opportunity to highlight the Tibet issue. We should therefore duly proceed with the Dalai Lama’s blessings. That will be the greatest gift to the Dalai Lama on this birthday and will maintain unity among Tibetans all over the globe “.