Dharamshala: Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration today expressed the Tibetan administration’s greetings and paid rich tributes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his visionary leadership of Tibet at the official 86th birthday ceremony of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Gangchen Kyishong. The ceremony was attended by the Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo along with two justice commissioners, chairman of the autonomous bodies, and senior officials of the Tibetan administration under Covid-19 safety regulations.
Delivering the statement of the Kashag, Sikyong reaffirmed his firm commitment to the Tibetan charter and pledged to strengthen Tibetan unity by resolving the minor differences within the Tibetan community by engaging in constructive discussion.
“When it comes to our struggle, we must recognize our common opponent and work towards resolving our differences by engaging in constructive discussion. Our consolidated efforts should be directed towards fulfilling our common goals which is the mandatory and historic responsibility of the exile Tibetan people,” he said.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering also called on China to recognize His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the key to resolving the Sino-Tibetan conflict and earnestly invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and China on pilgrimage without any preconditions.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the foremost guides of our time and is one of the few individuals who can reorient Sino-Tibetan history toward a positive direction. The Chinese government should therefore recognize that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the key to resolving the Sino-Tibetan conflict.”
“It should utilize the opportunity offered by the mutually beneficial Middle Way Approach to foster a harmonious environment where Tibetans and Chinese can co-exist amicably. Therefore, we appeal to the Chinese government to earnestly invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and China on pilgrimage without any precondition,” he stated.
The ceremony also included video greetings from the leaders of the various Tibetan spiritual traditions for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 86th birthday.
As part of the ceremony, the Tibetan Public Service Commission felicitated six senior Tibetan civil servants who have served for more than 25 years in the Tibetan administration. It also presented awards to two distinctive staff for excellence in service.
The ceremony also saw video presentations of special birthday songs composed and performed by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA).