Kashag’s statement on the eightieth birth anniversary of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama.
On this joyous occasion of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, on behalf of Kashag andTibetans inside and outside Tibet, I would like to express our deep reverence to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.We pray for his long life and reaffirm our unwavering loyalty and devotion to him. Tibetans both inside andoutside Tibet, as well as millions of others touched by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of peace andnon-violence, observe this special occasion with immense delight.
We take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s loving parents,Choekyong Tsering and Dekyi Tsering, for blessing us with their precious son, Lhamo Dhondup.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family in Takster village in the Amdoregion of Tibet. Enthroned as the 14th Dalai Lama at the age of five, eleven years later, at the tender age of 16,His Holiness had to take over the spiritual and temporal authority of Tibet. Faced with the tragedy of Tibet’sillegal occupation by the People’s Republic of China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama had to do without anysemblance of a normal childhood. The survival of Tibetan identity, and the future of an entire civilization,rested on his young shoulders. When His Holiness’ utmost efforts to ensure a peaceful co-existence betweenthe Chinese and Tibetans did not materialize, at the age of 24, His Holiness was compelled to go into exile inIndia.