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05 July, 2005


Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, celebrates a milestone birthday on July 6th when he turns 70!

What the future will bring regarding Tibet and the position of the Dalai Lama may be uncertain, but what is known is the impact this "simple monk" has made on the world since leaving his native country in 1959. The thirteenth reincarnation of Genden Drub (1391-1474), who was the first in the line of Dalai Lamas of Tibet, was born Lhamo Dhondrub on July 6, 1935. At two he was passed the tests indicating that he was the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, and he was renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso which, according to one translation means "Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom".

Earlier this year, Tibetans in Exhile and those in Tibet, offered a LONG LIFE PRAYER for the Dalai Lama. We reprint the English language short version here to join with people throughout the world wishing His Holiness a long and happy life.

In the land encircled by snow mountains
You are the source of all happiness and good;
All-powerful Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso,
Please remain until samsara ends.
You may read the long versions, in Tibetan and English, on the Wikipedia web site.

Read transcript of AM ABC Radio broadcast from Australia, a report from Voice of America web site, the Taipei Time, New India Press, Bella Online (The Voice of Women), New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV), A Greeting from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, The Jammu and Kashmir Web Site (the official site of Jammu and Kashmir Government, India), BBC NEWS International, SIFY News (India),,

You are most welcome to post your own birthday greeting to His Holiness as a comment below

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