H.H. The Dalai Lama’s 81st Birthday Recap by Young Global Leader

New York, N.Y. One of the most well respected and spiritual individuals, the Dalai Lama has turned 81 years old this year. Not only as a person was his birthday well celebrated but also his soul. Throughout history, the Dalai Lama has played an influential role in the world representing peace and overall goodness.

800px-Dalai_Lama_a_Zurick2Caption: The Dalai Lama in Zurich Hallenstadion. Photo: Antoine Taveneaux

The Dalai Llama’s birthday was not just celebrated by the holiness himself but also by people right here in New York City on July 6th 2016. On Central Park South in the Essex House, people from all walks of life came and celebrated the life of the Dalai Lama and all that he represents.

When walking into the celebration, guest were greeted by people dressed in traditional Tibetan clothing. Before entering, guests were asked which country they would like to represent and given a flag for that country. During cocktail hour the attendees were able to mix and mingle and talk with others where the center of conversation was about their country. Interesting conversations stirred and many people bonded over having a similar heritage or experience with that particular country.

As the event continued into dinner, people had taken their seats and enjoyed an ensemble of Tibetan throat singers who wore Tibetan monk dressings. The voices of the singers echoed through the room and impressed many with the talent that they carried. The singers were then followed by beautiful Tibetan dancers who wooed the crowd with their poise and performance. Not only was their dancing delightful but their clothing and how they performed as if their costume was a part of their routine was noteworthy.

13612226_1464747190217475_8700427378782439479_nPhoto: Mangala Weerasekera. Caption: Dalai Lama’s 81st Birthday Celebration at Essex House in NYC.

The key note speaker of the night was a Tibetan monk who has quite a prominent role in Tibetan Buddhism. As he spoke, he stated why the Dalai Lama’s birthday was important to the world. Essentially through bringing everyone together and celebrating someone who represents peace and was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1989, the peace and happiness being contributed in the Essex House can be infectious to all of the world. The Dalai Lama and all of his predecessors should be well celebrated because more since the 20th and 21th centuries, they have played an active role in the politics on a global scale. The Dalai Lama has advocated to the United Nations and has gotten more recognition for the Tibetan people, where Tibet is currently an autonomous region for more than 60 years. From all of the strife the present Dalai Lama has gone through where he is currently a refugee of India, he still fights for the independence of the Tibetan people and for them to have their land back from China’s jurisdiction. From his actions and seemingly humbled attitude regardless of his fame, it is important to celebrate the Dalai Lama and also recognize the Tibetan people.

For the ending of the evening, the celebration wrapped up in a flag ceremony. All attendees were asked to take a flag and stand. A woman stood at the podium reciting every country in the world, after reciting every country from one continent, together everyone in the room waved their flag and said “May Peace Prevail on Earth” three times. The repetition and the power of the unison statement rocked the room and a righteous feeling swept over. As people waved their flags together, smiles were taking over people’s faces. The wishing peace upon everyone directly represents from one’s imagination what the Dalai Lama wished as he blew out his birthday candle.

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Leyla Wahedi
Leyla Wahedi is a new edition to the team at The Stewardship Report. She is a native New Yorker, studying Civil Engineering at Borough of Manhattan Community College and will soon be attending CUNY City College. Leyla has been an active member of The New York Tribeca Lions Club since 2015 and stood as President for her club in Fall of 2015. She is an advocate for Crimean Tatars worldwide and a supporter of environmental sustainability. Leyla is currently interning at the J. Luce Foundation.

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