Traditionally, Tibetans don’t celebrate birthdays, but, nonetheless, it’s always good to pay our respects to His Holiness the IV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Here’s a novel way to celebrate His birthday: avaaz (a 5.5-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making) has created an online tribute that we can sign. Here’s an excerpt from an email that they sent out this morning to supporters:
The Dalai Lama turns 75 today. For decades he has given us all hope — setting a generous example of wisdom, non-violence and compassion for a better world.
Now we can return the favour — let’s send the Dalai Lama a birthday tribute from millions of us worldwide! It will be delivered personally to him on a “wall of warm wishes” outside the temple in Dharamsala and broadcast around the region.
Let’s take this moment to honor the Dalai Lama together and make his birthday last as long as we keep signing! — click here to sign the tribute — then forward this alert to everyone so they can do the same:
Imagine all of our names together on a massive public tribute to the Dalai Lama, from Brazil to Ghana, Italy to Indonesia — tens of thousands of messages of hope, gratitude and encouragement streaming in from all around the world!
For more information about avaaz, visit: www.avaaz.org
In addition, you might want to read His Holiness’s Long Life prayer, recite the White Tara mantra on his behalf, or the 16 arhats prayer.
How has His Holiness influenced your life?