His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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Dharamshala, India- On the occasion of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's birthday, His Holiness shared a four-minute video thanking his friends and followers for all the love and respect and pledged to follow the path of non-violence and compassion for the rest of his life and urged others to follow the same.

"I am just one human being, many people really show they love and many people actually love my smile. In spite my old age, my face is quite handsome. So, many people really show me genuine friendship. Now that it's nearly my birthday, I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect, and trust. I want to express my thanks," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

"For myself, I can assure you, for the rest of my life, I am committed to serving humanity and working to protect the climate condition. Since, I became refugee and now settled in India, I have fully utilised India's freedom and religious harmony. I want to assure you that for the rest of my life, I'll be fully committed to this work," promised the spiritual leader.

"I really appreciate the Indian concept of secular values, not dependent on religion, such as honesty, karuna (compassion), and ahimsa (non-violence). So, my dear friends, on my birthday, this is my gift. Please keep it in your mind. I myself am committed to non-violence and compassion until my death. This is my offering to my friends. I hope my friends will also keep non-violence and compassion for the rest of your lives," said the Nobel laureate.

"So firstly, this is like a report about my life. Secondly, all my human brothers sisters should keep these two, non-violence and compassion, until your death," concluded His Holiness emphasizing non-violence and compassion.