Tibetan exiles in India celebrate Dalai Lama's 84th birthday
Updated : 2019-07-06 17:14:01
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the spiritual leader of Tibet, turned 84 on July 6. Tibetan exiles in Dharmashala, Himanchal Pradesh distributed sweets and cakes and conducted prayers to celebrate the event. Tibetan traditional dances were also performed to mark the day, as well. However, the spiritual leader did not attend the ceremony. Winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and one of the most recognisable faces of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is an important figure bringing Buddhist teachings to the international community. However, with his advancing age, the question of who will succeed him, has become more pressing. The successor to the Dalai Lama is traditionally located by senior monastic disciples, based on spiritual signs and visions. In 2011, however, the Chinese foreign ministry declared that only the government in Beijing can appoint the next Dalai Lama and no recognition should be given to any other succession candidate.