I hope that a great many of you had the opportunity to watch online the film “The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words.” It was a joy and an inspiration to watch, and I learned a number of things about his life I’d never heard before. Today, as we commemorate his 85th birthday, I have a request for you. For myself, I feel that all that I have learned of the holy Buddhadharma stems from him, directly or indirectly, and I pray to come under his care and guidance in all my future lifetimes until I am enlightened. I am also deeply indebted to the Tibetan people who have preserved and enhanced the fullness of the Buddha’s teachings—of the Three Turnings of the Wheel and Vajrayana, including Mahamudra and Dzogchen—over the past 1,200 years. While we enjoy the freedom to practice and teach the Dharma, with full freedom of speech, the Tibetans in their homeland are deprived of this basic human right as they continue to suffer under the oppresive tyranny of Chinese Communist rule. My request to you is that you include in your prayers of dedication the aspiration that His Holiness may return to Tibet in this lifetime and offer prostrations before Avalokiteshvara in the central cathedral in Lhasa, as he envisioned in a dream; and that the Tibetan people may soon have full autonomy to preserve and enrich their entire culture, with the Buddhadharma at its core, for their own benefit, for the benefit of the Chinese, and for the benefit of all beings. May His Holiness’s dream come true!
Wishing you all well,