His Holiness reaffirms to live for 113 years

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, April 16: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has reaffirmed to live for 113 years.

The Tibetan spiritual leader told a group of abbots not to worry as he is in good health and still has recurring dreams indicating that he will live for at least 113 years.

At a press conference held today at Namgyal Monastery’s Library in Mcleod Ganj, Jangchup Choeden, the abbot of Gaden Shartse announced the assurance he received from His Holiness, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama reaffirmed to live for 113 years,” he said.

Led by the Ganden Tripa, 9 abbots and 2 assistant abbots from Gelug monasteries held a meeting in Mcleod Ganj on April 14 to discuss about offering apologies for the recent turn of events during the Sikyong elections which has saddened and disappointed His Holiness. The meeting was organized by the Gelug International Foundation.

Further discussions were held to make amends during the meeting and three resolutions were passed,” abbot Jangchup said.

Following are the three resolutions:

(1) We offer our sincere apologies for saddening and disappointing His Holiness and promise to make amends to the best of our capabilities.

Abbot of Gaden Shartse, Jangchup Choeden speaking to reporters during the press conference.
Abbot of Gaden Shartse, Jangchup Choeden speaking to reporters during the press conference.

(2) We pledge to work on establishing and strengthening unity among the Tibetan people from different provinces and sects and appeal to the leaders from other sects to address and advice on the same.

(3) To appeal to the members of the current Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile to avoid any kind of harm or threat to the Tibetan people’s strength derived from its unity. As such, we urge the current Kashag and members of the Parliament to implement the contents of the five-point letter submitted to them by former Tibetan leaders, including former Kalon Tripas, ministers and parliamentarians on April 11, in which they have urged the current leaders to maintain unity among the Tibetan people.

The abbots had an audience with His Holiness on April 15 during which they requested His Holiness to live a long life and presented the resolutions.

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