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Tibetan parliament pays obeisance to the Dalai Lama on his 75th birthday

July 12, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
July 7, 2010

On this auspicious occasion of the seventy-fifth
birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the
Tibetan people, the Kashag, on behalf of the
Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, as well as all
of his disciples and well-wishers across the
globe, makes obeisance to him and prays that he may live for hundreds of years.

Since his childhood until now, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, while developing a great sense of
empathy and compassion for all sentient beings,
has provided enormous service to humanity by
catering to the needs of people with different
mental dispositions while, at the same time,
contributing to the maintenance and promotion of
the entire teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni,
known in the Buddhist world as the “Fourth
Guide”. Particularly in this post-modern era, His
Holiness has provided inspirational guidance to
the believers (in all religions of the world) and
non-believers alike. Transcending the bounds of
religion, His Holiness has also given
unprecedented and timely advice of what he calls
“secular ethics”, emphasising on the need to
develop universal responsibility through the
promotion of basic human values and
inter-religious harmony and co-existence for the
common good of the world we live in. Moreover,
for resolving the issue of Tibet, His Holiness
has come out with the mutually-beneficial
Middle-Way policy and non-violent means to
realise it. His Holiness has further transformed
the nature of the exile Tibetan polity into a
genuine democracy. There is no way we can repay
our debts of gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. However, with a strong sense of the
realisation of all that he has done for us, we
would like to re-pledge ourselves today that we
shall put into real practice the many valuable advice that he has given to us.

That nothing untoward has happened to the person
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama thus far is mainly
due to his altruistic feelings and karmic merits,
the protection given by the guardian deities of
Tibet, the collective merit of the Tibetan
people, and particularly due to the assistance
and co-operation extended by the central and
state governments of India and its great people.
While expressing our heart-felt thanks to all of
them, and especially to those overseeing the
security of His Holiness, we would like to urge
them to further intensify their assistance and co-operation in this respect.

With great compassion, His Holiness labours day
in and day out for the benefit of all humanity.
Inspired by this verse of Shantideva, the great
Bodhisattva: “Like the earth and the other great
elements [of nature] as well as the sky
[above]//May [I] also remain eternally to serve
as one who solves the infinite sentient beings’
myriad problems,” His Holiness immerses himself
in their service. We have nothing but admiration
for all his endeavours, but these are certainly
taking a great toll on His Holiness’ health. The
physical wellbeing of His Holiness is very
important for humanity in general, and for the
short and long-term benefits of the Tibetan
people in particular. Therefore, we would like to
implore him to kindly see to it that his daily
programmes do not come in the way of his good health.

A few leaders of the People’s Republic of China,
who are blind to choosing between right and wrong
and who lack foresight due to their preoccupation
with short-term personal and political power
gains, are liberally spending both human and
financial resources to issue baseless accusations
against and to slander His Holiness. This is
because of the jealousy arising out of their
inability to match His Holiness’ meritorious
deeds all over the world. Their actions, which
resemble spitting in the air that will fall back
on themselves, has become a source for the people
of the world to view the autocratic Chinese
leaders as the ones who are unable to accept the
truth and who rely only on lies and violence
rather than seeking truth from facts. This has
also become a condition for the Tibetans to
remain more united. However, as stated in the
Indian and Tibetan treatises on worldly affairs
that the power of the opposition should not be
underestimated or neglected, the Kashag would
like to make some important appeals to the
Tibetans in and outside Tibet at this critical period.

As a result of the clear display of the united
Tibetan spirit in 2008, the sympathy and support
to the Tibetan cause by the people of the world,
and due especially to His Holiness’ achievements
and great deeds, the other side is using all its
political, financial and human powers to create
discord among Tibetans and between Tibetans and
the local communities where Tibetans live in
exile. It is particularly using many deceitful
means to erect obstacles on the way of Holiness’
activities and deeds globally. The Kashag would
like to make an emphatic appeal to the Tibetans
in and outside Tibet that they should remain
alert to these Chinese manipulations and always
be careful in maintaining unity among ourselves
and keeping good relations with the local communities.

Since the upcoming elections for the fifteenth
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the third
directly-elected Kalon Tripa are crucially
important, the people at large are currently
engaged in serious discussions and debates as to
whom they should vote. At such a time, the people
should be careful about the other side’s evil
designs and infiltrations. Moreover, each Tibetan
must sincerely and courageously take part in the
election processes by not shirking their
democratic responsibilities and rights. It is
very important to use one’s own intelligence,
rather than following what others say, in making
the right choice of candidates in the ensuing
elections. The Kashag would like to appeal to all
the Tibetan people to give a serious thought over these.

For over fifty years, the Tibetans in and outside
Tibet have been able to withstand the unbearable
circumstances and emergencies with great courage
and strength, and for over four generations the
Tibetans have been able to maintain their
religion, culture and tradition. This is solely
due to the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Furthermore, the fact that Tibetans have, in
un-diminishing spirit, been able to continue our
non-violent movement is a matter of great pride
for us. Looking at the changes that are taking in
the world and within the country, the issue of
Tibet is heading towards finding a solution.
Nevertheless, His Holiness often states that one
must hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Hence if the issue of Tibet takes time to
resolve, then it is important for the Tibetans in
and outside Tibet to preserve their unique
character of good moral conduct without losing
their spirit. Good moral conduct is not only a
symbol of the Tibetans but also a source for the
Chinese and the people around the world to have
affection for and to support our cause. Likewise,
the young Tibetans must make efforts towards
their general studies, and particularly towards
becoming professionals well-versed in both traditional and modern education.

The mutually beneficial Middle-Way policy, which
has been adopted by the overwhelming majority of
the Tibetans under the guidance of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, is the sole way to resolve the
issue of Tibet. The Kashag is currently pursuing
this policy, based on the fact that it enjoys the
overwhelming majority support of the Tibetans and
the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has endorsed it
unanimously. We believe that all of the Tibetan
people will, after having relied on their
respective intelligence to ascertain the merit of
this policy, support it whole-heartedly.

Finally, the Kashag prays that His Holiness may
live long and all his wishes be spontaneously
fulfilled. May the truth of the issue of Tibet prevail soon!

The Kashag

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