His Holiness the Dalai Lama being offered a mandala by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Jangchup Lamrim teachings, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, India, December 2015. Photo by Rio Helmi/JCLRC.

On July 6, the 82nd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is being celebrated around the world by Tibetans and Western students of the Dharma. As the spiritual guide for six million Tibetans, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s guru, as a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize, and as a promoter of each individual’s universal responsibility toward humankind and the environment, His Holiness serves as a living symbol for world peace.

A collection of long life prayers composed by His Holiness’s late tutors His Holiness Ling Rinpoche and His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche is available for students to recite on this special day. Below is a short extract:

O our gurus, and your line of lamas, for whom we have the deepest gratitude,
You who are the repository of the three: secret powers of body, speech, and mind of innumerable buddhas,
Who manifest in a miraculous way to each devotee according to his capacity,
To you, who are the wish-fulfilling gems, the source of all virtues and good qualities,
We offer our prayers with intense devotion
That our protector of the great land of snows,
Tenzin Gyatso, upholder of the Dharma, the great ocean,
May live for a hundred eons.
Pour on him your blessings
That his aspirations may be fulfilled. …

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a devoted student of His Holiness and service to His Holiness is an important aim of FPMT. For over twenty years, FPMT International Office has taken responsibility to help offer a long life puja to His Holiness every year on behalf of the entire organization. Long life pujas, in addition to maintaining harmony between students and following our teachers’ advice, is an important means for accumulating the merit needed for our precious gurus to stay in the world for a long time.

We wish His Holiness’s a very happy and healthy birthday. May all His Holiness’s holy wishes come into fruition immediately and may he remain and teach us for a very long time!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ven. Roger Kunsang, Dharamsala, India, March 2015. Photo by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A variety of devotional images of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are available through the Foundation Store:

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to receive FPMT News.