Bureau Du Tibet, Brussels Celebrates His Holiness’ 75th Birthday


July 14, 2010 5:39 pm

Bureau Du Tibet, Brussels Celebrates His Holiness’ 75th Birthday


Tuesday, 13 July 2010:
The Bureau du Tibet, Brussels, hosted its official reception today
followed by a cultural programme to celebrate the 75th birthday of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Concert Noble, a flagship event venue in
the heart of the district of the European Union. The ceremony began
with a long life prayer chanted by venerable Dhonyoe la of Nalanda
Institute, a Brussels based Tibetan Buddhist center.  It was
attended by several important Ambassadors, Representatives of Foreign
missions, Members of the European Parliament, staffs of the European
Parliament, officials from the European Economic and Social Committee,
officials from Belgian Foreign and Home Offices, mayors of towns,
Representatives of Tibetan Buddhist Centers, Presidents of Tibetan
Communities and Tibet Support Groups, scholars and journalists. The
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Mr Tashi Wangdi,
after thanking the around 100 guests for their presence spoke about the
year long celebration of His Holiness’ 75th birthday all over the free
world and how Tibetans in side Tibet celebrate the occasion despite
strong restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities. He
spoke about His Holiness’ leadership and hopes about the future of the
Tibetan cause given the indomitable spirit and courage of the six
million Tibetan people in Tibet after 60 years of Chinese rule and
vibrant and strong Tibetan communities in exile spread right across the
world and the new generation taking over greater responsibilities to
carrying forward the movement, growing support for His Holiness’ Middle
Way policy in the world and among Chinese people. He also
referred to His Holiness’ remarks to an Indian journalist in which he
said that he hopes to live more than hundred years. He felt that the
Chinese leadership will be making a serious miscalculation if they
think His Holiness will not be on the scene for long and that the Tibet
issue will disappear.    While wishing His Holiness a very
happy birthday, Mr Thomas Mann, President of the Tibet Intergroup said
the European Parliament fully supports His Holiness’ Middle way policy
in resolving the Tibet issue and that he firmly believes His Holiness
will outlive the Chinese leaders.This was followed by a
cultural performance by the Belgium Tibetan Community artists and the
children of the week-end Tibetan school. They gave a wide range of
captivating performances from the three provinces of the Tibetan
plateau in bright colourful traditional costumes much to the amazement
of the audience. As a continuation of the celebration of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday, Bureau du Tibet, Brussels, in
collaboration with the Questor of the European Parliament Mrs Lidia
Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg and President of the Tibet Intergroup Mr
Thomas Mann is also organising a week long photo exhibition on His
Holiness the Dalai Lama entitled “JOURNEY FOR PEACE” from 12-16 July at
the European Parliament. It’s a collection of a series of 70 black and
white photos taken by Swiss Photographer Manuel Bauer highlighting the
activities of His Holiness. It was inaugurated at 17h30 on 14 July 2010
in the presence of  many distinguished guests.  Bureau du
Tibet, Paris, celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday on
July 06 at the Salon of the Treasurer, of the National Assembly, the
lower house of the French Parliament which was attended by over 70
distinguished guests composed of diplomats, officials of the Foreign
Ministry, Tibetologists, representatives from the Protestant Federation
of France and Archbishop of Paris, China movements, writers,
journalists, representatives of the Tibet Support Groups etc.  Welcoming
the guests, Kasur Tashi Wangdi, the Representative of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama spoke about His Holiness’ leadership for world peace,
peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue and present and future of
Tibetan People’s movement. The guests were then entertained by
the vibrant music of Mr Tenzin Gompo, a well-known France based Tibetan
Artist, who was trained since his early age at the prestigious Tibetan
Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in India. Earlier on
Sunday, July 04, 2010, the Tibetan Community in Paris celebrated His
Holiness’ 75th birthday at Kagyu Dzong, a Tibetan Buddhist Center. Mr
Wangpo Bashi and Mr Jigme Dorji attended it on the office’s behalf.
Many Tibetans and their French friends joined in the celebration. The
Belgium Tibetan Community celebrated the birthday of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama on July 10, 2010 at Antwerpen in the presence of over 400
Tibetans and their Belgian friends. Mr Tashi Wangdi, the Representative
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his staff joined in the
celebration. 

 
Representative of His His Holiness the Dalai Lama Kasur Tashi Wangdi addressing the guests on His Holiness’ 75th birthday celebration, Brussels, 13 July 2010.


 
Mr Thomas Mann, President of the Tibet Intergroup addressing the guests at the celebration of His Holiness’ 75th birthday, Brussels, 13 July 2010.

 
The guests at the start of the long life prayer at the celebration of His Holiness’ 75th birthday, Brussels, 13 July 2010. 

 
Children of the week-end Tibetan school performing cultural dance in celebration of His Holiness’ 75th birthday, Brussels, 13 July 2010.

 
 The artists of the Tibetan Community performing cultural song at the celebration of His Holiness’ 75th birthday, Brussels 13 July 2010.

 
 Members of the Parliament visit the exhibits, European Parliament, Brussels, 14 July 2010.

 
Members of the European Parliament listening  to the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr Tashi Wangdi during  the inaugural speech of the photo exhibition on His Holiness  “JOURNEY FOR PEACE”, European Parliament,  Brussels, 14 July 2010.

–Report filed by Rigzin Choedon Genkhang, Bureau du Tibet, Brussels.