Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader, celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday in Ladakh. A huge crowd was seen gathering at the Shewatsel Phodrang complex on the outskirts of Leh for the celebrations. Donning traditional outfits, the followers held special prayers for his long life. Lobsang Sangay, the president of Tibetan government in exile was also present for the celebrations.
The Dalai Lama, who is idolized by the Tibetans, attended the gathering. According to a report from Zee News, a spokesperson for the Dalai Lama’s office said, “This time again His Holiness decided to celebrate his birthday with the people of Leh.” Addressing the crowd, the Dalai Lama said that he was very happy to be in Ladakh and feels that he shares a special bond with the people there.
According to a report by Ken Stone from the Times of San Diego, in June of last year, the Dalai Lama was asked about his views on reports of human-rights abuses by the Chinese, including Falun Gong practitioners being killed for their organs. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate replied to the question raised by Sophia Fang from the Epoch Times that he had heard about this, but wanted more research and concrete evidence as it was “important.” However, he still had a message for the communist regime by emphasizing that “China needs a compassionate revolution.”