His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet turned 87 years old on 6 July 2022.
The Tibetan Community of Switzerland & Liechtenstein celebrated the occasion by organising a Tibetan Buddhist religious ceremony and offering prayers for good health and longevity of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The prayers and religious ceremony were held at the Tibet Institute Rikon.
On behalf of the Tibet Bureau in Geneva, Tenzin Choesang attended the religious ceremony. While addressing the gathering, she urged members of the Tibetan community to follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice on a daily basis to become a good human being. This would be “best gift” to celebrate His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday, said Tenzin Choesang.
The Tibetan Community’s gathering to mark the 87th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was held in Zurich on 9 July 2022. Zurich Cantonal Councillor Mario Fehr joined with members of the Tibetan community to celebrate the occasion.
Furthermore, the Tibetan Community of Switzerland & Liechtenstein took the moment to extend formal greetings to the new representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tibet Bureau Geneva Thinlay Chukki. The community also thanked the former representative Chhimey Rigzen for his guidance and moral support for the Tibetan community during his tenure in Switzerland and his long services at the Central Tibetan Administration. A traditional white scarf and greetings to the new Representative Thinlay Chukki and former representative Chhimey Rigzen were offered by the President of the Tibetan Community, followed by Tibet Institute Rikon and all Swiss based NGOs and organisations.
While addressing the gathering, Representative Thinlay Chukki stated a brief gist of Kashag’s statement on the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday. She urged members of the Tibetan community for their continued cooperation and encouraged all members to take part in the demographic survey. She further assured to continued support and serve the community to the best of her capacity.
Honouring the political and religious legacy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan national flag and Buddhist religious flag were hoisted for the first time in Geneva on 6 July 2022.