Jul 06, 2021
By Jane Brown
The Dalai Lama is celebrating his 86th birthday by thanking his supporters and expressing his appreciation for India, where he has lived since he fled his homeland in 1959.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said in a video message Tuesday, “I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust.”
The Dalai Lama also feels his aging well, saying “despite my old age, my face is quite handsome.”
The Dalai Lama made the hillside town of Dharmsala his headquarters after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Usually, the spiritual leader’s birthday is a fairly elaborate affair in the town, but this year, due to the pandemic, the celebrations are muted.
The Dalai Lama graced the cover of Zoomer Magazine in 2020 in an edition called The Happiness Issue.