Dalai Lama’s 79th Birthday Celebration
Interview with Chodak Lekshay from Philadelphia, and Tenzin Gyaltsen from San Francisco. Lekshay said that the Tibetan community in his area, after the successful July parade, had a most traditional and colorful ceremony to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 79th birthday with the whole community and its friends. He said he even played the CD where the Dalai Lama is heard saying, “the best birthday gift for me is to develop a warm heart”. Gyaltsen said that the Tibetan community in the Bay area too had a big ceremony to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s Birthday on Sunday, July 6, and that unlike any other previous years, they had a record number of guests belonging to other ethnicities including Mongolians and Chinese. Both Lekshay and Gyaltsen said that the best way to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday is to follow all his guidance and advice given over the past many years.