(TibetanReview.net, Jul10, 2015) – The 80th birthday Jul 6 of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was marked in various ways in the capitals and other cities in several countries in South America. They included Chile’s capital Santiago, Uruguay’s capital Montevideo, Petropolis city in Brazil, and Mexico’s capital Mexico City.
In Santiago, around a hundred supporters and well-wishers gathered at the Fundacion Cultural de Provindence for celebrations organized by the Amigos del Chile. There was a brief talk on introduction to Buddhism, a meditation session, children’s drawing for Tibet, artist’s expression on the theme of the event, and musical presentations. There was also a cycle rally for peace in the morning.
In Montevideo, Anthropologist and theater director Luis Vidal, artist Ciro Jaumandreu, writer and activist Aloma Sellanese spoke about the Dalai Lama’s life and vision through poetry, stories, anecdotes, and the presentation of video clips at Ateneo de Montevideo, a historic culture centre in the centre of the city. The gathering of some 65 people had earlier begun with a singing bowl presentation by Guillermo Cabrera and was covered by the local TV Channel 10. Earlier in the morning, TV channel 4 featured Aloma Sellanes speaking about the life and vision of the Dalai Lama.
In Petropolis, some 75 people attended a presentation by Miguel Berredo on the life and vision of the Dalai Lama.
In Mexico City, the Casa Tibet Mexico and Centro Loseling jointly organized celebrations held over Jul 5-6. More than 400 people attended the celebration events which included talks on the Dalai Lama and the power of compassion, presentations of Tibetan Buddhist ritual music as well as local Mexican Mariachi songs.
Celebrations were also held in other Mexican cities of Puebla, Morelia, Cuernavaca, and Queretaro with a tour-screening of “Tibetan Stories” directed and produced by Russell Avery over Jul 3-10. (Source: Tibet.net, Jul 9, 2015)