BRAZIL: Despite the prevalence of subdued mood amongst Brazilians after Brazil becoming the latest heavyweight World Cup 2018 casualty on the afternoon of Friday, July 6, the Tibet House Brasil’s evening reception to celebrate the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned out to be a huge success.
Ever since its arrival in the late 1800s with a large influx of Europeans, soccer has remained a huge component of the South American culture, particularly in Brazil. It is not just a game; it is an innate element of individual and national identity in South America. Cutting across all the barriers, the soccer serves as an important binding force in South America.
Representative Tsewang Phuntso welcomed the guests and gave a brief account of the life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso and highlighted his basic commitments of the promotion of human values and universal responsibility, the promotion of religious harmony among different faiths, and the preservation and promotion of Tibet’s rich cultural heritage and natural environment.
In his remark, Tsewang said that despite enormous challenges His Holiness had to endure during his nearly sixty years in exile, he remained always positive, hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. “His Holiness serves as a beacon of hope and lighthouse for the boats in troubled sea not only for the Tibetan but also for millions of people around the globe”, he said.
After Tsewang’s brief welcome remark, a video message of Dr Elisa Harumi Kozasa, President of the Board of Tibet House Brasil, was screened.
This was followed by the presentation of the 7-minute video in Portuguese highlighting what His Holiness the Dalai Lama means to the Tibetan people and what he means to the world community at large. The guests were deeply moved by the content of the video. It touched their heart deeply.
Prof Lia Diskin, a long-time friend of Tibet and Board Adviser of the Tibet House Brasil recollected her long association with His Holiness the Dalai Lama organizing series of His Holiness’ visits to Brazil, including the first visit in 1992. Prof. Lia was among the first group of South Americans to visit and study at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala in the early 1980s.
Prof. Lia Diskin and Prof. Luiza Hiromi Tanaka, another Board Adviser of the Tibet House, jointly cut the cake and tossed for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while a special Tibetan song for the occasion was played in the background.
Almost all the guests stayed long, fully enjoyed the special gathering. It was a wonderful evening and a great day.
Around 50 guests attended the reception.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Brasil-