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Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the 16th Kashag Greets Tibetans on Losar, Tibetan New Year 2150

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Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Dharamshala: Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the 16th Kashag extends Losar greetings to Tibetans inside and outside Tibet on the occasion of the traditional Tibetan New year- Losar 2150-the year of the Water-Rabbit. The Tibetan New year begins on 21 February 2023.

Sikyong’s Message:

Preceded by paying obeisance to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on this occasion of the 2150th year of Tibetan calendar, which is also the water hare year, on behalf of the 16th cabinet and myself personally, I wish to extend a happy new year to all the Tibetans, inside Tibet and outside Tibet, as we enter into the new year with a new hope.

Of course, to have this hope, first, we have to understand our own situation; we survive in a manner that we survive today mainly because of the leadership of His Holiness, because of the far-sighted vision of His Holiness, and because of all the deeds of His Holiness over the last 63 years since we came into exile. And His Holiness has been going around the world with two folded hands, and that is the reason why we are in the position that we are today. So therefore, I urge every Tibetan to recognise the services that were rendered by His Holiness and follow His Holiness’ guidance because His Holiness is such a leader who is revered by everybody in this world.

His Holiness has also given us many assurances about his wish to live a long life, not for himself, but for the benefit of humanity and Tibetans in particular. So therefore, whether the lama lives long or not also depends on the relationship between the lama and the disciples. And we being his disciples, have to make sure that we follow his guidance, and we follow his leadership, his words, and his thoughts on any activity, whether it’s regarding resolving the Sino-Tibet conflict or whether it is looking after the welfare of the Tibetan community in exile – these two responsibilities that are entrusted to the Central Tibetan Administration.

We are fully committed to following the thinking and thoughts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the guidelines that he has issued over many years. And I urge every other Tibetan also to follow the same, and we will be able to achieve what we intended to achieve with the cooperative effort of all the Tibetans, whether it’s seven million Tibetans inside Tibet or the 130,000 Tibetans in exile.

We have an added responsibility and so we should not forget that if we all contribute to the cause of Tibet, then we will definitely reach the objectives that we have set.

I again wish you a very happy new year, and I also wish that all your dreams and all your wishes be fulfilled so that throughout this year, you don’t feel sick and be in a position to serve the community. Thank you very much and HAPPY LOSAR again!