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article imageDalai Lama concerned about all global issues Special

By Christopher Szabo     Jul 6, 2014 in World
Pretoria - The Office of Tibet in South Africa has celebrated the birthday of the country’s spiritual leader, Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, as well as introducing the new Representative, Nangsa Chodon.
Chodon told Digital Journal the world-renowned spiritual leader turned 79 on Sunday and stressed his concern over matters relating to all of humanity, as well as his own native land, Tibet.
Tibetan staff at the Office of Tibet sing the national anthem.
Tibetan staff at the Office of Tibet sing the national anthem.
The Tibetan staff sang the national anthem which was followed by a prayer for the long life of the Dalai Lama as well as for the wellbeing of all sentient beings by members of the Lamrim Buddhist Centre.
Members of the Lamrim Buddhist Centre pray for the Dalai Lama.
Members of the Lamrim Buddhist Centre pray for the Dalai Lama.
Chodon, then addressed those present, speaking primarily about the Dalai Lama and his achievements, notably in democratising the exile government and keeping up hope for Chinese-occupied Tibet. She said:
Representative of Tibet s government-in-exile  Nangsa Chodon  speaks about the significance of the D...
Representative of Tibet's government-in-exile, Nangsa Chodon, speaks about the significance of the Dalai Lama.
“Today, His Holiness is universally recognised as the champion of peace, non-violence and compassion. As a tireless advocate of inter-religious harmony, His Holiness interacts with religious leaders of all faiths. He also pioneered intensive dialogue with leading world scientists and Buddhist monks and greatly enriched both science and religion.
Furthermore, his global efforts to promote secular ethics have earned him the respect and admiration of world citizens regardless of their religious background.
We Tibetans believe the Dalai Lamas – meaning the Ocean of Wisdom – are the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara, the Boddhisatva of Compassion. Boddhisatvas are believed to be enlightened beings who have postponed their own Nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity and all sentient beings.
His Holiness today stands, not only as supreme spiritual leader for Tibet but as a global leader who is ever concerned about the global issues.”
Nangsa Chodon praying in the traditional way.
Nangsa Chodon praying in the traditional way.
Nangsa Chodon prays before the altar with the Dalai Lama s image.
Nangsa Chodon prays before the altar with the Dalai Lama's image.
The position of the South African government towards Tibet under President Jacob Zuma has been ambivalent. On the one hand, the ruling ANC has not prevented the Office of Tibet from operating in the country and has even maintained a low-level diplomatic contact, but has also twice prevented the Tibetan leader from entering South Africa.
Nangsa Chodon in front of an altar with traditional offerings and an image of the Dalai Lama. The sc...
Nangsa Chodon in front of an altar with traditional offerings and an image of the Dalai Lama. The scarves are called "khata" and are given as a form of respect.
Prayer flags adorn the Office of Tibet for the Dalai Lama s birthday.
Prayer flags adorn the Office of Tibet for the Dalai Lama's birthday.
Janet Szabo
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