Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Dalai Lama's 76th B'day ダライラマ法王の76歳誕生日

July 6 is the Dalai Lama's birthday, and now he is 76 years old. He was "discovered" by the search team when he was 2 years old, and was throned at age 4. At the age 15 he fled from Tibet to India due to the Communist China's invasion in Tibet. He often calls himself a "homeless" and laughs. He's living in exile since 1959.


The baby Dalai Lama on his mother's lap... He often talks about his late mother who was a truly compassionate person, and his father a short-tempered man.


The Dalai Lama at age 2. I was deeply taken by the beauty of the Buddha statue in the back.


The Dalai Lama has a great sense of humor. Every time I see him he jokes all the time!


There was a huge birthday celebration for him today in Washington D.C. with the honorable guests - the grand son of Mahatma Gandhi and the son of Martin Luther King Jr. Actually, I was asked to present a "kata" (a white greeting scarf) to the Dalai Lama on stage as a representative from Japan, but I could not make it to D.C. because I was sick. I was so disappointed to miss this honorable opportunity, but my good friend was able to do it, so I was happy. The representatives from each country offered kata to the Dalai Lama on stage. (photo is a person from Vietnam)


So I offered him this lily of the valley from my garden. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, you are my inspiration. I have seen you with my own eyes that you treat everyone equally - young or old, man or woman, rich or poor, famous or non famous, Buddhist or non Buddhist... you have made me get up again and again when I've fallen. I thank you for your tireless work for the people and the world, and I pray that you and your people will return to your homeland, Tibet, very, very soon, and I will keep trying whatever I can to make it happen.


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