Many of you may already know that this Sunday is His Holiness’s birthday. What better way to celebrate than to get to know His Holiness a little better and to recite a long life prayer on his behalf? A good place to start is with His Holiness’s Three Main Commitments in Life, which are to promote human values, religious harmony, and act as a free spokesperson of the Tibetans in their struggle for justice.
From there, you may be interested in reading a brief biography of His Holiness on the FPMT website, especially if you are not familiar with how he was discovered as the reincarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and his early years in Tibet. A more detailed account of his life from birth to exile can be found on His Holiness’s website. While you are there, also check out the archive containing quite a few messages and speeches given by His Holiness. For those of you who would like to know a little more about his leadership responsibilities and his contact with the West, there is a brief account of these subjects at the Nobel Foundation’s website. Finally, after doing all of that reading, you may enjoy this photo gallery with selected pictures of His Holiness.
Those of you who wish to recite the long life prayer on behalf of His Holiness can get the English version here. You can also download the longer payer, “In Praise of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama“, which is in English and in PDF format. There is also a PDF available of the “Prayer for the Long Life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama” that has both a Tibetan version (written in western characters), as well as an English version.
— Posted by Dina Li with additional input by Lisa Wilcox