Dalai Lama Birthday: His Holiness Turns 75

The Dalai Lama turned 75 Tuesday with hundreds of followers in Dharmsala India, his hometown-in-exile since 1959, the year that he fled Chinese rule in Tibet.His Holiness enjoyed performances from local dancers in traditional Tibetan dress, and was entertained by artists from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts at the Main Tibetan Temple in Mcleod Ganj. Reflecting on his 75 years of life and work, which was projected on a ceremonial banner he said, “I know my life has not been wasted.” His audience and spectators donned umbrellas and stood in the rain for the near two-hour ceremony, to be a part of the celebrations.