Celebrating the Life of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama

In celebration of the birthday of Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Dalai Lama – born on July 6, 1935, we would like to take some time to express our deep gratitude that we live in a time when the world can receive his masterful teachings on compassion and nonviolence. We offer our prayers for his long life and hope for his joyful return to Tibet and to the Tibetan people longing for his presence. In this post you will find a collection of our favorite posts and photos related to His Holiness, including a video showing you an easy way to learn how to say a Long Life Prayer for His Holiness in Tibetan.

Dalai Lama

“My one most favorite prayer is: ‘So long as space remains and suffering of sentient beings is there, I will remain in order to serve.’ It is that sentence which gives me inner strength. You see time does not matter. Eons and eons…limitless eons…don’t matter so long as in your life…there is some fulfillment…some purpose. And the purpose means helping others, supporting, serving others.”     

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a 1996 interview with YoWangdu’s Yolanda O’Bannon

Click on any of the photos below for a larger view and a slideshow.

Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Here is a short version of the Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and, below, a short video teaching you how to pronounce it.

Gangri  raway  korway  shingkham su

In the land encircled by a ring of snow mountains

Pendang  dewa  malu  jungway  nay

Is the source of all happiness and benefit,

Chenrezig  wang Tenzin Gyatso yi

All-knowing Chenrezig, Tenzin Gyatso.

Shaypay sitay bardu tengyur chik

May you stand firm until samsara ends.

“An altruistic attitude is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY precious… If all of your thinking becomes “I, I, I,” everything becomes stiff. With altruism, more loose, more health, more friends – your feeling is much happier. You can be a happy person.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at the 2011 Kalachakra, Washington D.C.

A Collection of  YoWangdu Articles about His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Updated on August 5, 2020. First published on June 29, 2013.

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    • Lobsang and Yolanda says

      Thanks for your beautiful prayer, Den Sun! May you be well and grow in spiritual merit and receive the blessings of spiritual merit.

  1. Sara Sheela Iyer says

    Thank you for the video of the long life prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
    It makes one feel good to be able to wish more on such an auspicious occasion.

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