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2013-07-05-Bylakuppe-G08Dharamshala: - Marking the auspicious occasion of the birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay has offered a statement – highlighted the achievements of, and gratitude towards, the revered spiritual leader, and of which an edited version follows:

'On this joyous occasion of the seventy-eighth birthday of His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, I bow in deepest reverence and pay obeisance on behalf of the Kashag and Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. My colleagues in the Kashag and Tibetans everywhere join millions of admirers across the globe in wishing His Holiness good health and a long life. We offer our prayers and re-affirm our unflinching devotion and loyalty to His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshi Tenzin Gyatso Si-Sum Wang-Gyur Tsungpa Me-Pey Dhe Pal-Sangpo Chog. We express our deepest gratitude to His Holiness' loving parents for blessing us with their precious son, Lhamo Dhondup, born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family in Taktser village in the Amdo region of Tibet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. For Tibetans, he is the human manifestation of Chenrezig – the Bodhisattva of Compassion. His Holiness' greatness extends beyond Tibet as he advances his vision for a better humanity through the promotion of his three commitments: 1. basic human values or secular ethics in furthering human happiness; 2. inter-religious harmony; and 3. the preservation of Tibet's peaceful and non-violent Buddhist culture.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaches that human beings are the same, all want happiness and no one wants suffering. Just as physical hygiene is essential for a healthy body, a sense of moral hygiene based on warm-heartedness and compassion is equally important. He believes education should instill in children both cognitive and emotional intelligence in order to create synergy and balance between a healthy body and healthy mind. Towards this end, the Central Tibetan Administration will introduce a curriculum on secular moral ethics in Tibetan schools.

As His Holiness' stature on the world stage has grown, so has global awareness and support for Tibet. As one of the world's most inspirational figures, His Holiness has directly and positively impacted on the image of the Tibetan people and fundamentally benefitted the Tibetan cause.

Our compatriots in Tibet, including the self-immolators, clearly expressed their primary aspiration to be the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. Tibetans in exile and the diaspora, particularly the new generation, must make the realization of this aspiration a sacred duty. This is the least we owe to the Tibetans inside Tibet. This calls for a thorough understanding of the leadership of His Holiness, his thoughts and vision for Tibet and the Tibetan people.

Tibetan democracy in exile from its infancy to today's consolidated state is the result of decades of efforts by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At this critical period of our struggle, Tibetans in exile and diaspora must utilize this democracy and freedom responsibly to show solidarity with and highlight their suffering of Tibetans in Tibet, challenge the hard-line policies of the Chinese government, and unite all Tibetans.

On the auspicious occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 78th birthday, the Central Tibetan Administration reiterates its firm commitment to the Middle Way Approach in resolving the Tibet issue. Since assuming office in August 2011, we have proceeded with a three-phase approach of consolidation, action and dialogue.

I take this opportunity to thank the great people of India and the Indian Government for their unwavering assistance and support to Tibetans. I also thank other governments and our supporters around the world.

Lastly, I offer my fervent prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's long and healthy life. With unity, innovation and self-reliance as the guiding principles, may all his wishes and the aspirations of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, and his efforts towards promotion of a more compassionate and peaceful world be fulfilled'.