Dalai Lama Turns 75
Buddhist leader the DALAI LAMA had mixed emotions when he turned 75 on Tuesday (06Jul10) - he was celebrated in his hometown-in-exile in India while his followers in Tibet were unable to honour the occasion.
The Lama was honoured in Dharmsala, where he addressed thousands at his temple in MCLeod Ganj.
During his speech, he expressed great sadness that Tibetan Buddhists would not be able to pay tribute because of fear of reprisals from the Chinese government officials, who forced the spiritual leader out of his birthplace.
He said, "The Tibetans have a great desire to celebrate my birthday, but they are not allowed to."
He was hoping Chinese officials would mark his birthday by relaxing their anti-Tibetan stance and move towards a meaningful autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule, but leaders have accused him of inciting unrest.