LONDON: The Office of Tibet hosted a reception at the Legatum Institute in London on 4 July to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday.
The well attended reception brought together supporters of the Tibetan people including the heads of all the Tibet Support Groups based in London, the Tibetan Community in Britain Council Members, London-based Ambassadors, academics with close connections to Tibet, a number of journalists and other friends.
The evening began with a recitation of the prayer Gyal-wa Shub-then lead by the Venerable Lelung Rinpoche followed by an address by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative in London Mr Thubten Samdup. Mr Samdup said, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama has demonstrated compassion and kindliness. His Holiness has never said anything offensive about China and the Chinese, except for regret at their blindness about how to behave to Tibetans. But never has His Holiness advocated violence towards Chinese or encouraged Tibetans to practice violence against themselves as a mark of their unhappiness and despair. His Holiness is still young in spirit and in his determination to save Tibet and Tibetans. He is a unique example and encouragement to his friends and supporters around the world – and right now those here in this room”.
The Representative concluded his address by asking all the guests to join in him saying “Happy Birthday Your Holiness”.
The Representative’s address was followed by a performance of two Tibetan songs, one a contemporary song by a Tibetan based in London and the other the classical Toeshay Zepai Lhamo Bhuti by the Tibetan Community in Britain’s Dance Group.
The Legatum Institute, which had hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a key note speaker for their symposium on “Ethics for a More Prosperous World” in October 2012, very kindly allowed the Office of Tibet the use of their central London venue again for the reception. Mr Zachary Courser, the Senior Programmes Director for the Legatum Institute, also briefly addressed the reception.
The Tibetan Community in Britain will be celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday by hosting a ‘Tibetan Culture Show’ in London on 6 July.