H.H. The Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday Interfaith Celebration in NYC

New York, N.Y. Every year on July 6th since His Holiness’ 80th birthday, New Yorkers have come together to celebrate H.H. the Dalai Lama birthday for World Peace through Compassion.

The event took place on Friday, July 6 at Marriott Essex House in Central Park South, New York City and was sponsored and organized by Gaia Holistic Foundation, The Tibet Fund, and Orphans International Worldwide.

2018-07-06-Leh-banner_SA93916His Holiness the Dalai Lama cutting the cake during celebrations of his 83rd birthday
at the Shiwatsel Teaching Ground in Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India on July 6, 2018.
Photo by Tenzin Choejor.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and recipient of over 150 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, and so on, as well as authoring more than 100 books, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. His Holiness has worked tirelessly in Tibet’s non-violent struggle for freedom and in promoting universal values of compassion, kindness, tolerance, and wisdom.

Founder and director of Gaia Holistic Foundation, Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer, states:

Compassion means an understanding of others and all sentient beings. We celebrate with those who sympathize with this and wish peace for all. Through this caring for others, we can send out the energy of collective sympathy throughout the world.

36818873_2058498557525171_5805566749235478528_nDr. Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer, Founder, Director, and Philanthropist of
Gaia Holistic Foundation. Photo by François Bonneau.

In addition to Tibetan Monks prayer for H.H. the Dalai Lama’s long life, major religious groups prayed for the same meaning in their own words. Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Buddhist, Native Tribes, and Hindu practitioners were present.

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L to R: Lobsang Nyandak. Jim Luce, Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Chief Arvol
Looking Horse (Native), Sahar Alsahlani (Islam), Ravi Vaidyanaat Sivachariar (Hindu), Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki (Buddhist), Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,
Dr. Dale T. Irvin. Photo by Nan Melville.

This year’s “World Peace Through Compassion” awards were presented to Chief Arvol Looking Horse from Sioux Tribe of the Lakota Nation and Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin for their contributions to uplift humanity.

36823179_2058540247521002_3912008976593584128_nL to R : Dr.Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer, Lobsang Nyandak (President of  Tibet Fund),
Jim Luce (Director and founder of Orphans International Worldwide Director).
Photo by:François Bonneau.

Chief Arvol was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota and is from Sioux Tribe of the Lakota Nation.  At age twelve, he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pope, the youngest in history. His life has revolved around his commitment to work towards religious freedom, cultural survival, and revival. In1995, he met with H.H Dalia Lama to establish a relationship between Tibet and Lakota Nation. He decided to “work for change and let the world know how beautiful our way of life is, so that the Seventh Generation can have a better life.”

36903150_2060385940669766_1610653125872451584_nChief Arvol Looking Horse. Photo by: François Bonneau.

Eric Ripert is co-owner of the acclaimed New York restaurant Le Bernardin and has been ardent support of H.H. the Dalia Lama and the Tibetan People. Eric served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of City Harvest, working to bring together New Yorks Tops chefs and restaurateurs to raise funds and increase the quality and quantity of food donations to New Yorkers in need. Eric is prolific, and with over million social media followers, has authored six best-selling books, hosted his own Emmy Award-nominated Tv show “Avec Erics,” and is a frequent guest judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and a regular guest on Anthony Bourdain’s incomparable “No Reservations” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”

36834013_2058541044187589_7116571976939864064_oEric Ripert receiving award by Lobsang Nyandak. Photo by: Nan Melville.

The 2018 Humanitarian Award was presented to broadcaster Rita Cosby who is also the Sr. Global Advisor of the J. Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). Emmy Award-winning TV host, veteran correspondents and best-selling author who has dedicated her life to the Betterment of humanity. The U.S. Congress has recognized Rita for her professional and charitable achievement in support of children and veterans.


36836423_2058487144192979_7821116273281990656_nRita Cobsy. Photo by: Nan Melville.


Celebration of the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama for World Peace through Compassion. Organized & sponsored Gaia Holistic Foundation, Orphans International Worldwide, and The Tibet Fund.L to R: Bix Luce (Orphans International Exec. Dir.), Tomaczek Bednarek, Rita Cosby, Jim Luce (J. Luce Foundation Founder & President), Rabbi Joseph Potasnik,
Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, Chloe Hoang (J. Luce Foundation Exec. Dir.).
Photo: Nan Melville.

In celebration of cultures, there were performances by former Tibetan Tipa musicians and dancers and Red Hawks Native Tribes. Then to conclude the “World Peace through Compassion” celebration, over 150 guests with flags of all nations in hands send out caring energy to the people of each country.

36857650_2058407067534320_6019350430021058560_nTibetan Performers. Photo by Nan Melville.

36875956_2058576267517400_5619169862988333056_n150 people with flags of all nations in hands. Photo by François Bonneau.

H.H. the Dalai Lama has been supported by Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura for decades. Founder of the Gaia Holistic Foundation and a board member of both Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) and the J. Luce Foundation, Dr. Kazuko has been known as the most prominent non-Tibetan supporter of this project.

About Gaia Holistic Foundation: Dr.Kazuko Tatsumura-Hillyer, Founder, Director and Philanthropist

Gaia Holistic, Inc. (http://www.gaiaholistic.com) Gaia Holistic strives for the betterment and the happiness of all sentient beings on this planet, constantly working toward dispelling of suffering through various programs building orphanages throughout the world including Manjushree in Himalayas & others and Holistic Medical therapy called Onnetsu Therapy, using unique patented method. Facebook.

About the Tibet Fund: Lobsang Nyandak, President

The Tibet Fund’s mission is to preserve the distinct cultural and national identity of the Tibetan people (www.tibetfund.org). They promote self-reliance and help sustain the cohesiveness of the exile community. In Tibet, their support is directed to orphanages, eye care and other health programs and educational projects that aid impoverished and marginalized Tibetans. Facebook.

About Orphans International Worldwide: Jim Luce, President and Founder

The Mission of Orphans International Worldwide, Inc. (www.OrphansInternational.org) has worked to support orphaned children in Africa, Asia, and the Americas since it’s founding in 1999, including Manjushree Orphanage for Tibetan Children in the Himalayan mountains of India. Facebook.

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