Dalai Lama’s real birth day

By Lodi GyariSpecial Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama On July 6, Tibetans, friends and admirers of His Holiness … Continued

By Lodi Gyari
Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On July 6, Tibetans, friends and admirers of His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be celebrating his 75th birthday. Even Tibetans inside Tibet, in spite of tremendous restrictions will celebrate this day will in one way or another mark the occasion, which for some is a considerable risk.

While birthdays are important social events for the concerned individual in the Western society, to Tibetans there is no such tradition. In fact, it is only until recently that Tibetans have started marking their individual birthdays. Traditionally, the Tibetan New Year is observed as our collective birthday with people changing their age on that day.

Whether it is New Year or birthday, I have seen His Holiness say that the important thing is how meaningful you make that day rather than the day itself. To him, every day is a new day. Also, as a Buddhist His Holiness considers the impermanence of life and the need for preparing for that eventual day when one passes away from this world. In a sense people need to look forward to, and prepare for, their “death day” more so than their birthday.

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari is Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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  • Secular

    Who cares, if another theocratic autocrat reaches 75 or is preparing to dies.

  • compchiro

    Secular,First let me clarify that I am an atheist.That being said you assertion that the Dalai Lama is a a “theocratic autocrat” shows that you are extremely uneducated.A reading of his works and ideas reveal that he is probably the most rational “religious” leader in history. He speaks approvingly of those who are atheist and has NEVER tried to convert others to his way of thinking. Of course much of his ideas have a non-theistic bend to them.Most well educated atheists I know have immense respect for the Dalai Lama. He is one of socieiy’s great philosphers and many of his writings are well at home in the library of an educated person. atheist or theist.

  • Secular

    compchiro, all that is for western consumption. Life in dharmasala, is one of the most conformist there can be. Besides, he has not renounced his hereditary rights to Tibet and his leadership of Tibetans. A true secular would not subscribe to the view the accident of sojourn in a particular womb bestows any special rights. It is a dogma for the Tibetan Buddhist to subscribe to his divinity. Please do not construe that I feel that Tibet should be annexed by Chinese, far from it. While he is nowhere near as vile, any stretch of the imagination, Khomeini, like Khomeini who was for a little while the darling of the western liberals, Mr. Lama also has one message for the westerners and one for the fellow Tibetans.

  • jontomus

    Have they picked the next Dalia Lama yet?

  • good-bad-n-ugly

    Oooopppss.Mr. GYARi (Your Holiness?)The Dali Lama & His Buddhista Army should all start Wearing Business-Suits like YO, instead of silly backward looking & Superstupidstitious Colored Robes. Sorry.Soo,

  • good-bad-n-ugly

    Oooppssa again.And They (Monks, Panchens & Lams) Should all grow “HAIR” on their bald Pre-Apocalyptic thinking heads and thus have Business Hair Cuts like, HairSpray or No “Hairspray” (Mr. D. Waters; No Puns intended here).

  • compchiro

    Secular,A true secular would not subscribe to the view the accident of sojourn in a particular womb bestows any special rights.There are seculars who acknowledge Monarchy rights as well. The assumption that someone who is atheist would reject any hereditary status is absurd. You original comment was asking why anyone would care about how old the Dalai Lama (not “Mr. Lama”) is. My response was the his religious status may be relevant to some but his greater philosphical status, and the fact that as a religious leader for some he is still one of the most open-minded leaders there is, is why people care about him.Even if he renounced his religious status he would still be a great philosopher.