(TibetanReview.net, Aug15, 2015) – Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has, on Aug 12, thanked all his friends in the many countries of the world for their greetings on the occasion of his 80th birthday marked by devotees and supporters at different times this year. “I am grateful for the kind words you have expressed,” he has said in a message posted Aug 13 on his official website.
Noting that “we (all) have a collective responsibility to try to bring about the well-being and happiness of all living beings and help them overcome their suffering,” the Dalai Lama has said he had dedicated his life to the service of all sentient beings, especially fellow humans in whatever way he could.
This, he has said, is the basis of the hope on which he was making an appeal that “we all work enthusiastically to promote ethical values imbued with love and compassion”.
He has also said we all must strive to foster inter-religious harmony for the good of all humanity, noting that despite the differences in their philosophical views, all the world’s major religious traditions convey the same message of love and compassion.
He has also said we all must work together to protect our natural environment.