London: The Office of Tibet, London hosted a reception at the historic St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, central London, on 6 July to celebrate the joyous occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 81st Birthday.
More than 90 guests joined in the celebration, including London based diplomats, two former Representatives, Heads of religious organisations, Tibet charities and Tibet Support Groups based in London, representatives from the regional chapters of Tibet Support Groups, academicians, donors linked to Tibet House Trust and long-time friends of Tibet, as well as Chairman of Tibetan Community in Britain.
The celebrations began on a spiritual note with a short Tibetan Buddhist prayer. A representative from the Centre briefly spoke about the history behind the venue and mentioned how the work at the Centre is very much aligned with Buddhist values of peace, compassion and tolerance.
Mr Chonpel Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, Baltic States and Poland, in his address welcomed the guests and thanked them for joining in the celebration. He mentioned about the three commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama: promotion of basic human values, promotion of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s rich Buddhist cultural heritage which His Holiness is totally committed to.
Mr Tsering called upon all the guests to join him in wishing His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama ‘‘a long and healthy life.’’
A short video clip containing His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message urging all his friends and well-wishers to be more compassionate in their daily lives, which he considers as the best birthday gift, was played for the guests.
A young Tibetan singer from Bristol, Tashi Dhundup, performed two solo-songs in tribute to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 81st birthday; while the cultural group of Tibetan Community in Britain, led by its three experienced artists, performed dranyen-shabdro, much to the delight of everyone present.
The Tibetan Community in Britain observed the 81st birthday celebration of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama at a magnificent venue in north east London, attended by more than 300 people. On behalf of the Office of Tibet, London Mr Tenzin Kunga in his address, called for unity and preservation of Tibetan language and culture. He also distributed Community Awards to four individual Tibetans – for their invaluable contributions to the Tibetans community in UK.
Likewise, Tibetans and friends from the other countries under the jurisdiction of Office of Tibet, London celebrated the 81st Birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Events to mark the special occasion.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, London –