His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, celebrated his 81st birthday on 6 July.
He assumed the position of the Dalai Lama in 1940 and his birthday also marks the celebration of 'World Tibet Day' in an attempt to generate greater awareness about the Tibet's fight for freedom. Here's how the Dalai Lama celebrated his birthday in Dharamsala.
The Dalai Lama believes the secret to him being young at the ripe old age of 81 is peace of mind.
"When I was on my way to the US, at Heathrow airport, someone told me that although I'm now 81, my face looks only that of a 60-year-old and asked what's the secret," a post on his website quoting the Dalai Lama said.
"I first teasingly said 'It's my secret and I don't want to tell you', but then explained that it's to do with having peace of mind," the post added.
"I personally find analytical meditation more effective and more satisfying," the spiritual leader told American pop star Lady Gaga in an interview which was broadcast live on Facebook, in the US last week (26 June).
The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, believes in the "middle-path" policy that demands "greater autonomy" for the Tibetans. Twitter users bestowed warm wishes on His Holiness for his birthday:
Birthday greeting to His Holiness the @DalaiLama. May the humanity bask in your light and love, always!
He is the symbol of peace, love & compassion. Prayed on 81st birth anniversary of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. pic.twitter.com/Vbla2qecUo
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 6, 2016
Today in 1935, 81 years ago: The 14th Dalai Lama was born as Lhamo Thondup & then renamed Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 6, 2016
— Manasi Scott (@ManasiScott) July 6, 2016
— Er P K Prajapati (@ErPKP) July 6, 2016
Happy 81st birthday to His Holiness The Dalai Lama. May you continue to spread your messages of peace and... https://t.co/HCOYpKaAr1
— nadya hutagalung (@Nadya_HutaGalng) July 6, 2016
— With agency inputs