My dear brothers and sisters,
I would like to thank you for your greetings and good wishes on the occasion of my 81st birthday.
What would make me happier still would be if these good wishes were transformed into a wider sense of warm-heartedness; if people acted more out of a genuine concern for each other's well being. Simply put, this means: Be of help to others if you can. If you can’t, at least avoid causing harm to others.
On 8th July, I returned to Dharamsala after a week’s stay in Tibetan settlements in South India, preceded by a three-week visit to the USA. I have always been deeply touched by the affection and friendship shown to me by people from all walks of life.
With my prayers and good wishes,