DHARAMSALA, 13 Sept: At such a critical time in our history, I am ever more determined to live long, the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama said today as he reassures public to live over 100 years of age.
“At such a critical time in our history, I feel that I can not do without living long. I am ever more determined to live long,” the Dalai Lama said while attending a long-life prayer offering (tenshug) jointly offered by the Tibetan Cooperative Society, the Gonjo Community, Tibetan community in Bhutan, Shang Gaden Choekhor, Chushi Gandruk and Rabgang Sonam Paljor’s family at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple here in Dharamsala.
“The doctors also said that my health is very good and I do pray to live over 100 years, so be at ease,” the Dalai Lama said drawing cheers and applauds from the congregation.
Gyang Khang Khentrul Rinpoche led the long-life prayer ceremony as the Dorje Lopon that was also attended by former Gaden Tripa Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche, Kyabje Menri Ponlob Rinpoche, the 9th Zigar Choktrul Rinpoche and Sakya Dhongtsang Shabdrung Rinpoche along with hundreds of Tibetans and followers of the Buddhist that filled the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang to the brim.
“Though we are at a very difficult time in our history we have the truth on our side. But owing to the indomitable spirit of sense of being a Tibetan of the Tibetans mainly inside Tibet and every other Tibetan living outside Tibet across the world, we have kept our culture and religion alive so far; this is the main offering of the Tenshug,” the Dalai Lama declared.
His Holiness also thanked the participants and organisers for offering him the long-life prayer and describing it a very profound ritual and quite extensive.
The octogenarian Tibetan leader further apprised the gathering about his good health.
“ During my recent medical checkup, the doctors were very happy as my haemoglobin level that was low earlier has improved. Additionally, my full body checkup results were good too,” the Tibetan Nobel Laureate said much to the delight of the crowd.