The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who greeted thousands of Tibetans in the main Buddhist temple in the north Indian town of Dharamshala at the start of what would otherwise be a two-week New Year celebration, said the gesture was to honor those in Tibet. "We have heard some voices inside Tibet that they will not celebrate the New Year. We should respect and abide by that call," His Holiness said, speaking in Tibetan.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama supporting the Tibetan government-in-exile has requested the exiled Tibetans to not carry out a grand celebration, due to the tense situation prevailing in Tibet."We are not celebrating the New Year, in a very grand way; we are only performing the religious ceremony and rituals. I wish all the Tibetans inside and outside Tibet and also forward my greetings of the Tibetan New Year to all followers in Himalayan regions, and to all the friends and Buddhist followers," His Holiness said.
"I would only say that every Tibetan and Buddhist follower should study and learn Buddhist philosophy, and study modern culture and
Tibetan philosophy. So, this is the most important message I would give today to Tibetan and Buddhist followers in the Himalayan region and others," he added.