On July 6, thousands turned out in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday.
The birthday celebrations began in the early morning at Lhagyal-ri, which is only a short walk down the hill from the monastery where His Holiness resides. Dr. Lobsang Sanjay, Tibet’s current Kalon Tripa, who was present at the celebrations (which included long-life prayers and incense- burning ceremonies) said:
“Today is the most auspicious day not only for the people of the Land of Snow but also for the entire world. Though Tibetans are confronted with an unparalleled tragedy in our history, we have still been able to establish and sustain a successful and an exemplary refugee community under the visionary leadership of His Holiness.”
His Holiness spoke to the “courage and fortitude” of those living inside Chinese-occupied Tibet, who he said were celebrating with attendees in Dharamsala in spirit, also remarking, “For me, every day is a new day, and every day is an opportunity to benefit others.”