DHARAMSALA, 26 Oct: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama reaffirmed to live for at least a decade or two more years as he attended a long-life prayer offering (tenshug) today at Tsuglag-Khang, the main temple here in Mcleod Ganj.
Following the prayer ceremony, the Dalai Lama briefly addressed the congregation and thanked the organising committee and his devotees and well-wishers across the world for their unwavering dedication as he accepted the long-life prayer offering.
The Dalai Lama, believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be the manifestation of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet further spoke about the deeply rooted Karmic connection between Chenrezig and Tibetans.
The Tibetan spiritual leader took pride in his services over the years for Tibet, especially in preserving the Tibetan culture and added: “Today the whole world values Tibetan culture”.
The Tibetan spiritual leader then reaffirmed to live for at least ten or twenty more years to continue his services as he spoke about his recurring dreams which indicated that he will live for at least 110 years.
The long-life offering was offered collectively by former students of the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) along with North American Tibetan Associations.
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).