Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will return to Dharamsala on Tuesday, after a 14-day tour from Australia where he delivered a series of teachings and public talks.
A day after his arrival, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), also called the Tibetan government-in-exile, will launch an official greeting video for the Nobel Peace Laureate's 80th birthday. The video will be launched by Sikyong (prime minister-in-exile) Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday.
On June 21, which corresponds with the Dalai Lama's birthday based on the Tibetan calendar, the CTA will offer a special long life prayer for him. "The event will be attended by prominent guests from around the world," said Tsering Wangchuk, press officer of the CTA's information and international relations department. This will be followed by two-day grand celebrations to mark the spiritual leader's birthday, considering auspicious by the Tibetans.
The celebrations will comprise an exhibition of biographical Thangka paintings reflecting the life and work of the spiritual leader. It will be inaugurated by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
On July 6, the day the spiritual leader turns 80, he will attend a Global Compassion Summit in the US.