Sikyong’s Greeting on Losar (Tibetan New Year)

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay expressed fervent greetings to Tibetans inside and outside Tibet on the occasion of traditional Tibetan new year – Losar 2143 – the year of the fire monkey. The Tibetan new year begins from 9 – 11 February 2016.

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I, personally as well as on behalf of the Kashag, extend my heartiest greetings and wish a happy Tibetan new year (Losar 2143 – Year of the Fire Monkey) to our deeply revered spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, heads of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion, Tibetans living inside and outside Tibet, the people and government of India, and friends of Tibet from all over the world.

Losar is an important traditional festival of Tibet. Tibetans should celebrate it wholeheartedly. Moreover, elder Tibetans should teach and explain the traditional religion and culture, and the ethical customs associated with Losar to the younger generation of Tibetans to preserve and promote the tradition for posterity.

Meanwhile, the situation inside Tibet continues to remain grim under repression and oppression, with no hope of improvement in the near future. On top of that, Chinese authorities enforced an order restricting the display of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s photos in several Tibetan regions recently. Those of us who are in exile should be aware of such enforcement by the Chinese government to trample on the faith of Tibetan people.

Last year, the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people marked the year of gratitude for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It also organised a grand long-life prayer ceremony to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in honour of his 80th birth anniversary. During the long-life prayer offering ceremony, His Holiness the Dalai Lama affirmed the prayers of the Tibetan people and promised to live for over a hundred years. This is a huge blessing to the Tibetan people. On that note, Tibetans should express gratitude in their hearts and earnestly work towards fulfilling the aspirations of His Holiness.

As you are aware, His Holiness is currently undergoing medical treatment at a clinic in the US. The treatment is going well. Even the doctors have confirmed that there is no major health concern with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We assure the Tibetan public that there is no need to worry and that the Kashag remains in constant touch with the clinic for updates. However, what we – the Tibetan people – can do is stay united and accumulate collective merit through prayers for the swift recovery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. If our collective merit is good, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will live long for the benefit of the Tibetan people.

In conclusion, expressing my profound prayers for the swift recovery and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and hoping that peace and happiness prevails on all sentient beings, I once again extend my heartiest greetings on the Tibetan new year, and hope that Tibetans inside and outside Tibet reunite soon.

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