Amid concerns regarding his health, the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said he would live up to around 100 years.
'With your prayers and wishes, I assure you I would live around 100 years,' the Dalai Lama said, while addressing representatives of three regions of Tibet at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple in Dharamsala. 'I would serve humanity.'
News reports had recently raised concerns regarding his health and suggesting that he was suffering from prostate cancer. However, later both Dalai Lama and his personal physician denied the reports. Tibetans representing Tibet’s three traditional provinces and Tibetans from Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling and Ravangla offered long life prayers to the Dalai Lama on Tuesday.Thanking the participants and organisers for the ceremony, the Dalai Lama praised the 17 pandits of Nalanda for their logical way of teaching Buddhism.
'The detailed explanation of the ancient Nalanda teachings has only been perserved in the Tibetan language which is why, people from China are interested in learning the Buddhism,' he said.Speaking of the ancient Nalanda teaching, he said the ancestors of Tibetans had well-preserved this knowledge which enabled Tibetans to get expertise in promoting the knowledge in their language. The Dalai Lama said it was the duty of Tibetans to continue the practical teachings of the ancestors while, at the same time, taking pride in possessing such a vast knowledge.
'I respect all kinds of religious beliefs which only teach love and compassion as the ultimate source of human happiness,' he said.Meanwhile, drawing the attention of the gathering, the Dalai Lama emphasised that the masters of Nalanda encouraged its followers to approach their teaching with logic and reason rather than following it blindly.