Friday, September 30, 2022

Dalai Lama opens museum and collection in India

Dharamsala, India ( Associated Press) – Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama opened a library and museum at his headquarters in India on Wednesday to mark his 87th birthday.

He was applauded by throngs of fans, including one of his most famous disciples, the American actor Richard Gere.

Hundreds of children, monks and local residents prayed for his health and long life at the Sugalkhang Temple near the Dalai Lama’s residence.

The Dalai Lama Library and Museum contains artifacts, his teachings and books about his life and his fight for Tibetan autonomy and the protection of his native Buddhist culture.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called her to wish her on her birthday.

“I wished His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 87th birthday by phone today. We pray for his long life and good health,” Modi tweeted.

This is the second time Modi has publicly confirmed that he has spoken with the Dalai Lama since becoming prime minister in 2014. This is an important statement as relations deteriorate with China, which does not recognize the self-proclaimed Tibetan government. He accused the Dalai of exile and the Lama of trying to separate Tibet from China.

The Dalai Lama has lived and headquartered in Dharamsala since he fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed rebellion against Chinese rule. India considers Tibet a part of China, although it welcomes Tibetan exiles.

Denying separatism, the Dalai Lama says he is only advocating a high degree of autonomy for Tibet and the preservation of its original Buddhist culture.

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