Message from the Sikyong on Tibetan New Year

February 19, 2014

Celebrate Losar but Remember Compatriots in Tibet.

On the occasion of the 2141st Royal Tibetan Wood-Horse Losar, the Kashag extend its greetings to all Tibetans both inside Tibet and in exile.

As we celebrate Losar, it is important that we follow our religious rituals and wear traditional attire so that we can pass on these customs to the younger generation. On March 2, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will grace the Losar celebration of Minnesota Tibetan Association in America with his precious presence.

During Losar, it is pertinent that the elders pass on their experience to younger generation. Although, the tragedy of Tibet is recorded in history books, it is also important for younger generation to learn of the oral history of individual family and their ancestral origins. If we forget our roots, we face the danger of gradual weakening and waning of our identity and the Tibetan spirit.

Although this occasion entails celebration, we must also uphold our traditional values of humility, integrity and resilience. Much of the global goodwill that we enjoy today comes from our commitment to non-violence and because our cause is just. Similarly, we should always remember our brothers and sisters inside Tibet who are living under immeasurable repression and hardship.

As of today, I have toured more than 90 percent of Tibetan settlements in exile and many places abroad as well. These extensive travels have led me to the realisation that since the devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s political authority to the elected leadership, the transition has been smooth and stable. This smooth and stable transition came from the unwavering support of Tibetans both inside Tibet and in exile. The Kashag expresses its deepest appreciation to Tibetans worldwide for their support.

Finally, may His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama’s tireless deeds for all humanity shine more radiantly than ever in 2014 and may his wishes attain fulfillment. The 14th Kashag will continue to strive forward persistently towards this end.

Thank You and Tashi Delek.

Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay's losar Message



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