Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama
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On Tuesday, July 6, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama marked his 86th birthday.

In a video message, the spiritual leader appealed to his friends to keep non-violence and compassion in rest of their lives.

Saying he is just a human being, the Buddhist monk, who along with many of his supporters fled the Himalayan homeland and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959, said many people showed they love him.

"In spite of my old age, my face is quite handsome. So many people really show me genuine friendship. Now this moment my birthday, I want to express my deep appreciation of all my friends who have really shown me love, respect and trust. I want to express my thanks."

In the message, the Nobel Peace laureate, said: "For myself, I can assure you, that for the rest of my life I am committed to serving humanity and working to protect the climate condition."

"So, my dear friends, on my birthday, this is my gift. Please keep it in mind. I myself committed to non-violence and compassion until my death. This is my offering to my friends," he said.

Watch the video here:

On Dalai Lama's birthday, people across India took to social media to convey their regards to the monk and celebrated his birthday virtually.

Have a look.

With inputs from IANS.

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