Schaffhausen-6th July, 2012

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama celebrated his 77th birthday in Dharamsala amidst the presence of thousands of Tibetan in exiles and foreigners.

On his birthday, large crowds began to assemble since morning at the Tsuglagkhang temple in order to be the part of birthday celebrations.

“Special prayer sessions were held for the long life of His Holiness,” Tashi, a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson has been quoted saying to IANS.

On this occasion also present was The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who has been living here for the past few years.

Apart from these, a group of Chinese settled in various countries also greeted the Nobel laureate on the occasion.

His Holiness addressed in Tibetan language and thanked the government of India and the people for their hospitality to the Tibetans in exile. His Holiness also thanked the Tibetan for their heartfelt greetings.

On this occasion the entire cabinet of the CTA and Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, Chairperson of Tibetan Parliament Mr. Penpa Tsering and other distinguished member were present. Here is statement of Parliament  and statement of Kashag

Tibetans in Switzerland also celebrated His Holiness birthday in Rikon Tibetan Institute. Tomorrow there will be grand celebration of His Holiness 77th birthday at Bülach, Switzerland. More than seven thousands Tibetans and supporters are expected to join the celebration.

His Holiness was born July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959, and formed his government-in-exile here that never won recognition from any country.

The spiritual leader won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent campaign for democracy and freedom in his homeland. Since his stay in India, he has spent his time in exile pushing for autonomy for Tibet.