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Prayers, celebrations mark Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday in India

STORY: Tibetans in-exile across India celebrated the 82nd birth anniversary of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Thursday (July 06).

Thousand of Tibetans including government officials and Members of Tibetan Parliament in-exile, monks, nuns and devotees from around the world gathered at Tsuglagkhang Monastery in Dharamsala city to celebrate the spiritual leader’s birthday.

Tibetan Welfare Officer Dawa Rinchen said special prayers for Tibetan cause were held at the monastery in the morning.

Meanwhile, in eastern Siliguri city, students performed dances, sang songs to celebrate the day.

Born on July 6, 1935, the 14th Dalai Lama, is one of the longest serving lamas of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism.

More than five decades after he fled into exile in India following a failed uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama still exerts considerable religious authority over many of the six million ethnic Tibetans living within China’s borders.

The Dalai Lama denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama has been conferred the Noble Peace Prize, the Templeton Prize and many honorary degrees and other awards.

While many Buddhist settlements in India celebrated the Dalai Lama’s birthday, the spiritual leader spent the day in Ladakh region of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state, where a host of events were planned to mark his birthday.

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