Dharamshala — Thousands of Tibetans, including monks, nuns, and civil servants gathered at the main Tibetan temple on Wednesday to pray for the quick recovery of His Holiness the Dalai lama, who is undergoing prostate treatment in the US.
The daylong prayer service, was organised by the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Addressing the prayer service, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay called for calm and urged Tibetans not to be alarmed at the news of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's treatment.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the irreplaceable spiritual leader and the jewel of refuge for the entire Tibetan people. Therefore, I understand the general public's anxiety regarding His Holiness the Dalai Lama's health," Sikyong said.
"However, as we have said a few days ago, there are no major concerns with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's health and he will fully recover after treatment. This has been confirmed by His Holiness himself as well as the doctors who are looking after His Holiness," Dr Sangay assured the anxious public.
"Prostate treatment is a common condition for people above the age of 60. Generally, doctors in the US advise public for regular prostate checkups after the age of 40. Therefore, considering His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is undergoing prostate treatment at 80 years of age, is a sign of robust health," he added.
"Having said that, the Kashag is in constant touch with the Mayo Clinic where His Holiness is undergoing treatment for any updates on His Holiness the Dalai Lama's health. Therefore, I urge Tibetans inside and outside Tibet to remain calm and not to worry," Sikyong said.
Sikyong further called on the Tibetan public to preserve the sacred bond of Samaya between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, and collect merit through prayers to ensure a swift recovery for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Similar prayers were organized by the Tibetan people around the world, for early recovery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over a thousand Tibetans in Karze County, eastern Tibet gathered on January 25-26, at a Buddhist monastery to pray for the long life of the spiritual leader of Tibet.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamshala on 19 January for prostate treatment at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, US.