(TibetanReview.net, Sep04, 2018) – Exuding conviviality with the large gathering of Tibetans and robustness of health, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has on Sep 3 expressed confidence that he would live to be at least 100 years old. The occasion was the offering to him of a long-life ritual by an assortment of Tibetan groups and associations at the Tsuglakhang, Dharamshala.
Those who made the long-life offering included Tibetans jointly representing the three traditional provinces of Tibet – with the Dotoe Tibetans being represented by the Dharamshala-based Chushi Gangdrug group – besides those representing Tibetans living in Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Gangtok and Ravangla in India’s northeastern states of Sikkim and West Bengal.
The Dalai Lama has expressed confidence that he would live to be at 100 years old, saying he will pray to cross that milestone. He explained that he still had much to live for in terms of serving humanity in general and the Tibetan people especially, with whom he said he had a mutual bond of commitments.
However, striking a cautionary note, he pointed out that advancing years only meant rising bodily wilting, which no one can stop. And he spoke of being already on way to catch up with the first Dalai Lama, Gedun Drupa (1391-1474), the longest living in his lineage of reincarnations thus far, who had lived to be 83 years old.
The Dalai Lama just recently marked his 83rd birthday.