TIBET CONSCIOUSNESS – SUPREME RULER OF TIBET
Tibetans are celebrating His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday with a photography exhibition, ‘Dalai Lama in Frames’ at Centre Atrium, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Dalai Lama relinquished his temporal powers and Tibetan Exile community have a parliament and a Prime Minister to attend to affairs of Tibetan Government in Exile. However, Tibetans in Occupied Tibet continue to claim Dalai Lama as Supreme Ruler of Tibet for they have no opportunity to elect their own representatives. Until Democracy is introduced into Tibet, Tibetans have no choice; His Holiness the Dalai Lama will remain the sole representative of Tibetans.
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Visual celebration of Dalai Lama’s life
Shweta Sharma, Dec 29, 2015, DHNS
His Holiness The Dalai Lama turned 80 this year. In Tibetan custom, especially in Amdo, the north eastern part of Tibet, where he was born, family members celebrate the 80th year of one’s birth with great joy. Extending this celebration to the national capital, the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness The Dalai Lama (FURHHDL) put together ‘Dalai Lama in Frames’ a photography exhibition based on his life and activities.
“The main idea behind organising this exhibition is to showcase the life and activities of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in visual form. If you check his schedule, you can see that he travels extensively to different parts of the world engaging in talks, teachings, festivals. Even in India, he travels to various parts of the country meeting people, students, and children and participating in many meetings and gatherings,” Thupten Tsewang, director (administration), general manager (programmes), FURHHDL, tells Metrolife.
The exhibition shows the Dalai Lama’s life in pictures through the lens of Tenzin Choejor, his official photographer. So, in one image the Tibetan spiritual leader can be seen with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of Indian cricket team, at Dharamsala (2014); in another picture he is seen offering prayers at the Gupt-Ganga Temple in Srinagar (2012); while another image shows him blessing the patients at Tahirpur Leprosy Complex in New Delhi (2014).
“We did not have any strict system of selecting the images. However, we have tried our best to select those images which depict his genuine effort of reaching out to people of different backgrounds and circumstances,” Tsewang says.
He adds that the images are broadly based on the three main commitments of His Holiness. “Firstly, images such as his engagement with various religious leaders (depict his efforts) to promote religious harmony in the world. (His images) with students, children, patients, politicians, business people depict his efforts of reaching out to people of various backgrounds to engage and promote human values. Thirdly, engaging with Tibetans and Buddhists (depict his effort) to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence,” he says.
The exhibition is on at the Centre Atrium, India Habitat Centre until December 31.
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