DHARAMSALA, 25 May: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama attended a long-life prayer offering (tenshug) offered by the Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.
Hundreds of Tibetans and followers of the Buddhist faith gathered in the courtyard of Tsuglagkhang, the main temple to attend the long-life prayer offering.
The tenshug began with the offering of the mandala and the threefold representation of the Buddha’s body, speech and mind to the Dalai Lama as monks from the Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Tradition played traditional instruments and recited prayers.
His Eminence Sakya Trichen led the prayer service being offered collectively by Dolma Phodrang and Phuntsok Phodrang along with he 43rd Sakya Trizin Gyana Vajra Rinpoche, the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, Avikrita Vajra Rinpoché and Khondung Asanga Vajra Sakya from the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism among others.
Following the prayer ceremony, the Dalai Lama briefly addressed the congregation and thanked Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Tradition the for their services, commitment and dedication.
Much to the congregation’s delight, the Dalai Lama then reaffirmed to live about 100 years of age.
The Dalai Lama said that looking at Tibet’s plight, he is determined to live around 100 years of age to continue his service for the Tibetan Buddhism and to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the Tibetans.
The 86-year-old Tibetan Nobel Laureate has previously spoken about his recurring dreams which indicated that he will live for at least 113 years.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has already surpassed the first Dalai Lama, Gedun Drupa, the longest-lived Dalai Lama. The first Dalai Lama lived till 83 years of age(1391- 1474).