His Holiness the Dalai Lama praying at the beginning of the long life prayer (Tenshug) for His Holiness at the main temple in Mcleod Ganj, on 3 September 2018. Photo / Tenzin Choejor / Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
“I assure you I would live for 100 years, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama
As a Social Media Journalist, the most celebrated news on social media this week was His Holiness reaffirmation to live and bless the world with his presence for 100 years. Of course, as a Tibetan, I am beyond happy to hear such good news from our root guru- His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama.
On Monday this week, Tibetans from Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Ravangla, and representatives from Cholka sum and Chushi Gangdrug based in Dharamshala, offered long life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
During the Tenshug (Long Life) ceremony, His Holiness cited the importance of Tibetan language which has preserved detail explanation of the ancient Indian Nalanda teaching. “Because of this reason, these days people from China who are interested in learning Buddhism pay attention to learning the Tibetan language,” His Holiness reiterated.
For Tibetans, he is a beacon of hope as well as a fatherly figure for the cause of Tibet. When he was 15, he sacrificed his freedom by shouldering the leadership of six million Tibetans.
He lost his country when he was 24 years old in 1959. With his entourage, he fled to India for refuge. Following the news of his escape, an exodus of Tibetans followed him into exile. In a nutshell, he worked tirelessly for the cause of Tibet. Right from the stretch, he built us schools, monasteries, and settlements in India. What more could we ask of him?
In this digital space, an egalitarian leader who works for religious harmony has 13 million followers on his official Facebook page @DalaiLama and 1 million followers on his official Instagram @dalailama. Day by day, his followers and admirers are increasing, mainly because of his simplicity with compassion, truth, and wisdom.
We are lucky to have His Holiness to guide us spiritually. The bottom line is we 7 billion human beings have an equal share of responsibility to make peace prevail on this planet earth.
Some glimpses of netizens’ reactions to the post “I assure you I would live for 100 years” by His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama”
Tibet.Net Facebook page coverage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s reaffirmation to live for 100 years old receives positive comments from netizens. Photo / Screengrab / @Tibet.Net / Facebook
After Tibet.Net website broke the news of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s affirmation to live for 100 years, the social media site was flooded with positive comments and reactions. Photo / Screengrab / @Tibet.Net / Facebook
An official Facebook page of Central Tibetan Administration @Tibet.Net shares 1-minute video footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama stating that he will live for 100 years. The footage receives 22 k views, out of which 1.4 k hit the like button and 670 viewers shared on their Facebook pages. Photo / Screengrab / @Tibet.Net / Facebook
A Facebook user @StellarTan writes: “Long Life and Good Health to His Holiness. Excellent news. May your wishes are instantly fulfilled, your teachings spread far and beyond, your laughter fills the hearts of each sentient beings. Love you.” Photo / Screengrab / @StellarTan / Facebook
A Facebook user @LolaMartinez writes: “His Holiness has promised to live up to a hundred years! Thank you so much for having come back and endured in the body for the well-being of all the feeling beings! Thank you, Dalai Lama, Buddha of compassion.” Photo / Screengrab / @LolaMartinez / Facebook
A Facebook user @KnutvonWalter writes: “I am so Happy about this news… Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama!” Photo / Screengrab / @KnutvonWalter / Facebook
A Facebook user @LokeMunKongGerald quoted Shantideva: “For as long as space endures and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I, too, abide to dispel the misery of the world.” Photo / Screengrab / @LokeMunKongGerald / Facebook
A Facebook user @DomingasJorge from Portugal, verbatim the post: “His Holiness the Dalai Lama ensures that he will live for 100 years to serve humanity and especially to lead the cause of Tibet under his guidance.” Photo / Screengrab / @DomingasJorge / Facebook
A Facebook user @BhaskarHazarika writes: “What His Holiness says, will certainly happen. All great saints and prophets determine their own longevity.” Photo / Screengrab / @BhaskarHazarika / Facebook
A Facebook user @GaryPearson share an image of His Holiness laughing with the tag “We love you…” Photo / Screengrab / @GaryPearson / Facebook