DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan non secular chief the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday (July 6) by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters.
He was cheered by numerous followers, together with American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple.
Tons of of schoolchildren, monks and native residents prayed for the Dalai Lama’s well being and life at Tsuglakhang Temple close to his residence.
The Dalai Lama Library and Museum comprise artifacts, his teachings, and books on his life and wrestle for Tibetan autonomy and safety of its native Buddhist tradition.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Dalai Lama by cellphone and wished him properly on his birthday.
“Conveyed 87th birthday greetings to His Holiness the @DalaiLama over cellphone earlier right this moment. We pray for his lengthy life and good well being,” Modi mentioned in a tweet.
That is the second time Modi has publicly confirmed talking with the Dalai Lama since changing into prime minister in 2014. The acknowledgment is critical amid deteriorating ties between India and China, which doesn’t acknowledge the self-proclaimed Tibetan government-in-exile and accuses the Dalai Lama of in search of to separate Tibet from China.
The Dalai Lama has made the hillside city of Dharmsala his headquarters since fleeing from Tibet after a failed rebellion in opposition to Chinese language rule in 1959. India considers Tibet to be a part of China, although it hosts Tibetan exiles.
The Dalai Lama denies being a separatist and says he solely advocates substantial autonomy and safety of Tibet’s native Buddhist tradition.
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