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Happy Birthday His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

10:45 am Sunday, July 5, 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will turn 80 on July 6, and at Kadampa Center we will celebrate His birthday in the best way possible -- by offering Him our practice of compassion.

On Sunday, July 5, we will have a birthday celebration at 10:45 a.m.  (There will be no 9 a.m. session.)
We will be joining our energies and efforts with our sister FPMT centers throughout North America to celebrate compassion in our lives. (For a wealth of ideas of how to broaden and deepen your rejoicing, meditation and acts of compassion, see

This year we honor His Holiness' wishes by offering cards listing our act(s) of kindness and compassion. Please join us for a family (children) friendly birthday celebration during the 10:45am program. We'll invite His Holiness to join us (represented by a large photo), say a short prayer for his long life, watch a short video of His Holiness talking with several youth groups, offer our cards of compassion, and at the end present a cake and sing happy birthday.

We can begin the celebration now, by taking note of each little act of compassion in our daily lives, and by making a conscious effort to expand our acts of compassion to include a broader circle of the beings we encounter in life. Get a little notebook or a card and jot down your compassionate actions. Then, at His Holiness' birthday party, we'll offer our acts of compassion to Him.

“Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive”

                                                                                              --  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Here are the videos shown during the celebration this morning: