His Holiness the Dalai Lama praying at the beginning of the long-life prayer (Tenshug) for him at the main temple in Mcleod Ganj, on 13 September 2019. Photo / Tenzin Jigme Taydeh / CTA
“An undefeatable spirit of Tibetans in exile and those who are inside Tibet in the clutches of China’s occupation, gives me a strength to live longer,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Prayer Ceremony.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting his devotees and well-wishers as he makes his way to the main temple, Mcleod Ganj, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
On Friday this week, a representative from five-group namely, Tibetan Cooperative Society, the Gonjo Community, the Tibetan community in Bhutan, Shang Gaden Choekhor, and Chushi Gandruk, offered long-life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the main temple, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Members of the crowd waiting to catch a glance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he arrives to the main temple, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
Speaking from the ceremonial chair, His Holiness said, ‘there is nothing to worry about my health; I will live more than 100 years.’
Sitting gracefully in the ceremonial chair, His Holiness addressing the gatherings at Long Life Ceremony at the main temple, Mcleod Ganj, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
When His Holiness said he is in robust health and assure to live over 100 years, it was music to his well-wishers’ ears, for those present at Long Life Ceremony at the main temple (Tsuglakhang) as well as for those watching the live webstream via a social media platform.
Elderly Tibetans rejoice to watch the live telecast of the Long Life Prayer Ceremony through the television set, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
His Holiness went on saying for the past 60 years, Tibetan put their trust and hope in me, and there are no other refugees like Tibetan, harmoniously living in unity with keeping Tibetan tradition and culture intact.
Tibetan high lamas from four Buddhist sects and Bon, in the front row, reciting the Long Life Offering for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the main temple, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
An estimated over 7000 devotees including foreigners witnessed the long-life ceremony in Dharamshala, the seat of the official residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration.
An elderly Tibetan lady bowing before His Holiness the Dalai Lama to show her great devotion and respect to him, 13 September 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme Taydeh/CTA
Likewise, netizens across the globe were glued onto the live webcast of Long Life Prayer Ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama via his official Facebook page @DalaiLama (English version), @རྒྱལ་བ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ། (Tibetan version) and @達賴喇嘛 (Chinese version).
The Long Life Prayer Ceremony was translated into English, Chinese and many other languages to cater to his devotees and well-wishers in the digital world.
His Holiness reaffirmation to live longer for the benefits of Tibetans in particular and the world at the large is the most celebrated news on social media this week.
A glimpse of netizens’ reaction on Long Life Prayer Ceremony via live-streamed Facebook page @DalaiLama as follows:
A live webcast of the Long Life Prayer Ceremony via Facebook page @DalaiLama (English version) receive 22k likes, 3.5 k comments, 2.8 k shares, and 349 k views. Photo/Screengrab
Nirma Sing Keerka, a top fan follower from Chandigarh, India, writes a comment that read as Prayers before almighty to give the best health and longest life span for holy religious leader Dalai Lama Ji.
Angela Marie Eidenmiller, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America, writes a comment that read: In moments such as these I am grateful for technology. Long Live Dalai Lama. Peace be with each of you. Peace and love. Making America Grateful Again.
Loksang Shrestha from Barcelona, Spain, writes a comment that read as May His Holiness has a very long life with supreme health to benefits millions by your compassionate mission.
Priscilla Birr from Singapore writes a comment that read as a blessing to all Tibetans as well, hope you get back your land soon.
Steve Blandchard from Portland, Oregon, writes a comment that read as We love you so much Dalai Lama. May you live forever, and always shed light on us during this very uncertain time. Love is the only way.