Dharamshala, February 10, 2024 — His Holiness the Dalai Lama conveyed heartfelt greetings to Tibetans worldwide on the auspicious occasion of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. In his message, the spiritual leader emphasized the resilience of Tibetan people in the face of adversity and underscored the importance of preserving Tibetan culture and cultivating kindness.
Addressing both Tibetans living in Tibet under the rule of the Chinese communist regime and those in exile, His Holiness expressed gratitude for the unwavering faith and aspirations of his people. Despite enduring significant challenges, including repression of religious freedom and cultural suppression, Tibetans have maintained their convictions and cultural identity.
The Dalai Lama highlighted the enduring appeal of Tibetan spiritual and cultural traditions, noting a resurgence of interest not only among Tibetans but also among individuals from diverse backgrounds, including some within China. He observed a growing recognition of the logical, rational, and practical benefits of Tibetan practices, which promote inner peace and positive transformation of the mind.
While acknowledging attempts by the Chinese authorities to eradicate Tibetan spirituality and culture, His Holiness pointed out that these efforts have instead sparked a renewed global interest in Tibetan heritage. He emphasized the importance of preserving Tibetan customs, including the tradition of cultivating a kind heart and compassion towards all beings, regardless of religious beliefs.
Reflecting on his upbringing in Tibet and the rich Buddhist tradition he inherited, the Dalai Lama underscored the profound understanding of Buddhist psychology found in Tibetan Buddhist teachings. He noted that this understanding, combined with practical methods for addressing mental challenges, holds immense value in today’s world.
Encouraging the new generation of Tibetans to deepen their understanding of their cultural heritage, His Holiness urged them to appreciate the centuries-old traditions in light of Western scientific interest. He emphasized the role of Tibetan customs in promoting peace of mind and called on Tibetans to uphold these traditions with courage and determination.
In conclusion, the Dalai Lama extended his best wishes for Losar, urging Tibetans to continue cultivating warmth and compassion in their hearts. He emphasized that true peace begins within the mind and encouraged Tibetans to embrace their cultural heritage as a means of fostering inner harmony and global understanding.
As Tibetans around the world celebrate Losar, the message of His Holiness serves as a reminder of the enduring strength and wisdom of the Tibetan people, and the importance of preserving their rich cultural heritage for generations to come.