Tibetan exiles marked the 76th birthday of their God King, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala - the nerve center of Tibetan movement for the past half a century. But concern over the health of the ageing Dalai Lama was evident.
“As the immediate and ultimate well-being of all Tibetan people depends upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his long life is the sole basis of the Tibetan people’s welfare," Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, the Kalon Tripa-Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile said, addressing the congregation of monks and Tibetans at the premises of the main Buddhist temple located outside Dalai Lama’s mansion in Mcleodganj.
Calling the Tibetan community to pray for the long life of Dalai Lama, Rinpoche said that state oracle Nechung envisaged that the Dalai Lama was to live till the age of 113.
“However the state oracle stated that it depends upon the deeds and conduct of Tibetan people,” revealed Rinpoche, while on behalf of Kashag (Tibetan council of ministers) he urged all Tibetans to engage in actions that will not breach wishes of the Dalai Lama and at the same time to work hard in preserving their traditional values.
During his course of speech, Rinpoche time and again reminded people about the struggle of Dalai Lama for the cause of Tibetan people.
“Throughout his entire life, His Holiness has been tirelessly working for the welfare of Tibetan people,” said Rinpoche, while he strongly advocated the middle-way policy doctored by Dalai Lama to find an amicable solution to Tibet.
On the occasion, Rinpoche also gave away awards to the Tibetan civil servants for their services.
Children from different schools and the artists from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) presented colourful traditional Tibetan dances to mark Dalai Lama's birthday. The Dalai Lama currently is in Washington to attend the Kalachakra ceremony being held for world peace.