Dalai Lama shares message of gratitude as well-wishers around the world celebrate his 89th birthday

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama shared a birthday message on July 6. Taken from youtube.com

His Holiness the Dalai Lama shared a video message on Saturday, marking his 89th birthday, in which he expressed thanks to his fellow Tibetans and well-wishers around the world for their support and prayers, and reassured his followers on his health, noting that some media reports had exaggerated the seriousness of his state of health.

His Holiness is currently visiting the United States, where he underwent a successful knee replacement operation on June 28 in New York. He has since been released from hospital and is currently recovering. This visit is the Dalai Lama's first to the United States since 2017. He has no public engagements planned during this trip.

“I recently had knee surgery, which caused me some problems. However, I am recovering and I no longer have any problems,” explained the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The spiritual leader expressed his gratitude for the medical care and attention he received during his stay in the United States, noting that apart from some post-operative discomforts, he felt well and healthy: “I I'm almost 90 now, except for the problems with my knee, I'm basically healthy. »

At a press conference in New York on July 4, Dr. Tsetan D. Sadutshang, personal physician to the Dalai Lama, noted, “His Holiness is recovering quickly and is able to walk. Soon he will go to a place where the environment will be better. Tibetans in Tibet and in exile should not worry about this condition. There is nothing to worry about” (Phayul)

In his message, the Dalai Lama acknowledged his work and responsibilities as de facto spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, remarking: "So far, with the title of Dalai Lama, I have made contributions to some extent, to people inside and outside Tibet, and in many parts of the world, and, more importantly, with regard to the teaching of the Buddha.

“I am nevertheless determined to continue to serve education; I am determined to do it with all my heart. I would like to urge all Tibetans, wherever they are, to continue to pray for me on my birthday. Please do your best. »

Members of the Tibetan diaspora greet His Holiness upon his arrival in New York on June 23. Taken from dalailama.com
Members of the Tibetan diaspora greet His Holiness upon his arrival in New York on June 23. Taken from dalailama.com
Members of the Tibetan diaspora greet His Holiness upon his arrival in New York on June 23. Taken from dalailama.com

Around the world, Buddhists, well-wishers and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the occasion and pray for the long life of the Dalai Lama. Among the celebrations, a number of world leaders sent birthday greetings, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“I send my best wishes to His Holiness…on his 89th birthday,” Blinken said in a message shared on social media. “His support for non-violence, compassion and human rights is an inspiration not only to the Tibetan community, but to many people around the world. » (Twitter)

Meanwhile, the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan government in exile, shared a statement of support from the co-chairs of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, which noted, in part:

Over the years, the Dalai Lama has met many members of our Tibetan parliamentary group and shared with us first-hand the strength of the Tibetan spirit. He also affirmed his commitment to the humanity of the world's 8 billion people and to a peaceful future.

It is a good omen that the Dalai Lama is in the United States for his birthday, as the Senate and Congress, in a bipartisan agreement, passed legislation to promote a resolution to the Sino-Tibetan conflict. This law recognizes the right of the Tibetan people to self-determination and to decide their own future.

We wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama much happiness on his 89th birthday and support his efforts for a peaceful future for humanity and Tibet! (Central Tibetan Administration)

On July 6, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, representative of the Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, organized a large-scale "Compassion Festival" at the Central Palace of Culture in Ulaanbaatar to celebrate His Holiness' birthday. More than 600 guests attended the gathering, including foreign ambassadors and senior religious figures, such as Kundeling Rinpoche, Jhado Rinpoche and Keutsang Rinpoche, as well as Vice Lama Khambo, Gantumuur.

“According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, compassion is universal. It is not linked to religious beliefs, which is why, on a human level, we all need compassion, love, kindness and care,” said Telo Tulku Rinpoche on this occasion. “We hope that this festival will continue each year, dedicating July 6 as Universal Compassion Day, in tribute to His Holiness’ many achievements and his global impact. The concept of the Festival of Compassion is to cultivate human values, amplify His Holiness's universal message of peace and work towards a more caring and compassionate world. » (Central Tibetan Administration)

Separately, the Dalai Lama also wrote a message of congratulations to Sir Keir Starmer on his recent election and appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in which he recalled the warm welcome and support he had received during his previous visits to the UK, and urged Starmer to use this opportunity to contribute to world peace.

“Today the world faces very difficult times,” His Holiness wrote. “I believe the UK has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to peace and stability in our increasingly interdependent world. . . .

“Historically, Tibetans have enjoyed a long and unique relationship with Britain and, over the years, many Britons have shown strong support for the Tibetan people's aspirations for freedom and dignity, for which I remain grateful . » (His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet)

* Dalai Lama arrives in New York for knee treatment (BDG)

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Message for the 89th Birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Dalai Lama's recovery after knee surgery is very good: Personal doctor (Phayul)
Statement: On the 89th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Australia affirms its support for Tibet (Central Tibetan Administration)
Tibetan communities across Australia celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 89th birthday (Central Tibetan Administration)
Education Kalon Tharlam Dolma Changra attends the birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Tokyo (Central Tibetan Administration)
Tibetans in Darjeeling celebrate 89th birth anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Central Tibetan Administration)
Tibetans in exile fear a future without the Dalai Lama, now 89 years old (The Japan Times)

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Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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