Tribune News Service
Dharamsala, July 6
The Dalai Lama, the religious head of Tibetans, turned 85 on Monday, his birthday being celebrated in a low-key method at his official residence in Mcleodganj.
In a message to his followers, the Dalai Lama mentioned the prayers of his followers shall assist him reside until 110 years.
“Today is July 6th, my birthday. It’s not possible for large numbers of people to hold a big celebration because of restrictions due to the pandemic. And it’s not necessary either. However, if you want to celebrate my birthday, I would like to ask you to recite the Mani mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung) at least a thousand times,” he mentioned.
The purpose for this, he mentioned, was the Tibetans having a singular reference to Avalokiteshvara.
“After we got here into exile in India and after I settled right here in Dharamsala, the statue of Chenrezig Wati Sangpo was delivered to me from western Tibet. When the monks of Dzongkar Chode Monastery have been shifting from Dharamsala to southern India, I did dough-ball divination to see whether or not the statue ought to go together with them or stay right here with me. The outcome indicated that Wati Sangpo most well-liked to remain right here with me and so I function his caretaker.
“There is one thing particular about this Wati Sangpo such that typically I really feel he smiles at me. Since the altruistic awakening thoughts of bodhichitta is my precept observe, Wati Sangpo is like my refuge, protector and guardian.
“Therefore, as I typically say, Avalokiteshvara is my boss and I’m his messenger. So in the event you want to have a good time my birthday, if you wish to get collectively to have a good time, which might not be so dangerous, you needn’t be so extravagant about it.
“However on this day, remember Avalokiteshvara and recall that he is the one on whom I, Gyalwa Rinpoche, rely, and in whom I seek refuge. In terms of pure vision, Avalokiteshvara is someone who I have been connected with over successive lifetimes. Therefore, on my birthday, either visualise me, Gyalwa Rinpoche as inseparable from Avalokiteshvara or visualise Avalokiteshvara as the principal deity and me as a monk sitting in front of him. If you then recite his mantra (Om Mani Padme Hung) a thousand times, it will be beneficial,” the Dalai Lama wrote.
With that observe, he advised his followers, they might create some roots of advantage that they may dedicate to him as Avalakiteshvara’s messenger to reside for 108 or 110 years or so.