As the exile Tibetan community across the globe on Sunday celebrated 79th birthday of 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gytso, Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister) Lobsang Sangay on Sunday expressed concern over the politically-motivated smear campaign against the spiritual leader, terming it a threat to existing harmony and unity among Tibetans.
“Given His Holiness influence and prestige, perhaps it is sadly inevitable that some group of people would seek to malign him,” said the Dalai Lama’s political successor Sangay addressing the Tibetans gathered to celebrate the birthday of spiritual leader at Tsuglakhang tempe courtyard in McLeodganj.
“In particular, the Dholgyal (Shugden) followers have launched a politically-driven smear campaign against His Holiness in the name of religious freedom and human rights,” he said.
Maintaining that sectarianism and fanaticism by antigroup would jeopardize the exiting harmony and unity among all the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Sangay said, “The Dholgyal followers have turned into a political tool for the Chinese Communist Party.”
“Considering the larger interest of the Buddha Dharma, and in particular the threat against the very existence of Tibetans as a people, Tibetans must wisely discern between true and untrue,” Sangay called upon his brethren.
Expressing our deepest reverence and respect for the spiritual leader on the occasion, he said that the Kashag (cabinet) joined the millions of Dalai Lama’s admirers across the globe in wishing him good health and long life.
He said that the 14th Kashag was observing 2014 as the “Year of the Great 14th Dalai Lama” to express boundless appreciation of the spiritual leader’s great accomplishment for the cause of Tibet and the promotion of peace, inter-faith harmony and humane values throughout the world.
Elaborating about the life of the Dalai Lama, Sangay said people today are united like an iron ball regardless of their regional or religious affiliations and in spite of the Chinese occupation. It is mainly due to the enlightened leadership of the spiritual leader, he added.
“The power of Tibetan people’s unity today is far greater than the recent past and is comparable to those days when the three Dharma kings reigned over Tibet,” said Sangay. The exile PM said that the Dalai Lama envisioned a united Tibetan community firmly rooted in both tradition and modernity.
“He began by laying a strong foundation for the sustenance of Tibetan people as well as the preservation of the Tibetan identity and ensured that future generations of Tibetans acquire modern education while remaining rooted in traditional values,” said Sangay, adding that it was due to reforms introduced by the Dalai Lama that have transformed entire exile Tibetan community into a society with deeply rooted democratic values and culture.
Meanwhile a colorful cultural programme was presented by the Tibetan artists from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts on the occasion. Dalai Lama is presently in Ladakh to confer the 33rd Kalachakra Initiation.