Washington DC, USA, 16 July 2011 - On his last full day of stay in Washington, D.C. during this visit, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first bestowed the longevity of White Tara to the people. Thereafter, a long life prayer was conducted for His Holiness the Dalai Lama by the organizers of the teachings. Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche recited the attributes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his contribution to humanity and the recognition he has been receiving from the international community.
|Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche making offerings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Long Life Offering ceremony held in Washington DC on July 16, 2011. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL
At the conclusion of the long life offering, His Holiness, in his remarks, appreciated the gesture. He said that from the spiritual perspective, the Teacher’s life has some connection with the aspiration and trust of the students. He said that the past several days of interaction between him and the attendees have developed some connection and warm feeling. He said that this thus had some connection with the Teacher’s life
His Holiness reminded the attendees that his favorite prayer was that of Shantideva: "For as long as space endures, and for as long as living beings remain, until then may I too abide to dispel the misery of the world." He added that some people do seem to benefit from interaction with him. He said that he therefore gets the determination to live long. Telling the people that he enjoyed good physical health, His Holiness recalled his physician calling him a young patient despite being 76 years old.