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Message from the Dalai Lama:Tibetan New Year (Losar) greeting

February 8, 2016

Office of the Dalai Lama, February 6, 2016 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama extended Losar greetings from Mayo Clinic to Tibetans inside Tibet and exile. The video (Tibetan with English sub-titles) can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiZF_wPvI9g

“Here I am undergoing precautionary prostate treatment, and I want to take this opportunity to convey my greetings to our people, ordained and lay, young and old, especially those inside Tibet, as well as those in exile.

Since the Tibetan New Year is approaching, I want to wish you ‘Tashi Delek’.

One reason I want to tell you this today is that since I have been here undergoing treatment, many people in Tibet and in exile who have strong devotion and faith in me, have taken the responsibility of dedicating prayers and performing rituals for my well being. I want to thank you all. Today it’s as if I am here meeting you all, and I want to tell you that I am doing very well. The treatment only takes few minutes everyday, but it will take time to complete the treatment. Its nothing complicated nor serious. There’s nothing to worry about. I am relaxed and taking it easy. Its almost as if I am taking rest. I spend my time doing my daily recitations in morning and evening and reading other scripture. I want to tell you to not worry at all.

During Tibetan New Year, it’s our custom to greet each other and wish each other ‘tashi delek’. This is not just an opportunity to offer ‘chema’, drink ‘chaang’, and gamble. According to ‘Chanting the Names of Manjushri’, ‘Tashi’ means, since everybody wants to be happy and no one wants to be miserable, the cause of happiness is giving benefit and joy to others. If you create the causes of happiness, and live your life benefitting others and not harming them, that’s a meaningful life, a life that is essentially ‘tashi’.

‘Delek’ is the result of creating the cause of happiness, ‘De’ meaning attainment of momentary happiness and “lek’ meaning attainment of ultimate enlightenment.

I want to wish all of you ‘Losar Tashi Delek’ and at the same time, request that please try to live up to the meaning of ‘Tashi Delek’.

The hospital staff here are really looking after me with utmost care and attention. I am relaxed and calm and Besides that, many other people I know around the world, some of them spiritual, some of them not including many scientists, even young children have written to me wishing me well. I want to thank them all. I appreciate everyone who has prayed for me and exerted efforts on my behalf. Thank you.”

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