World Compassion in Action day held in Dharamshala, India, on July 6, 2019. Photo: TPI

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Dharamshala, India — Tibet World, an exile Tibetan NGO, celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 84th birthday, by inaugurating World Compassion in Action Day and also launched World Compassion in Action Organisation, in Dharamshala, India on July 6, 2019. Over 100 people from more than 20 countries attended the event.

The event hosted by director of the Tibet World, Yeshi Lhundup. The chief guest was Geshe Lhakdor, a former translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is currently the director of the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives and the special guest was Alfred Smith, a former consultant to the South African government.

There were other guests from 22 countries including- Tibet, Australia, Bhutan, England, Belgium, Cambodia, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, and the USA. An audience of over 100 joined with the special event to celebrate World Compassion in Action Day.

"The main purpose of this event was to create a more compassionate environment for our world," Yeshi Lhundup said, adding: "We need to increase our natural compassion to the point that it fills our thoughts, speech, and action every minute of every day."

He said that "this can start with the institution of a special day- World Compassion in Action Day, where we encourage one another to live out our natural compassion and to reduce actions that are harmful to others."

The Dharamshala based NGO said: "We have chosen the 6th of July for this occasion as it is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday. His life has been an example of living compassion that we would like others to emulate. On this day we presented our 84th birthday gift to H.H the Dalai Lama: the gift of an act of compassion."

The program of World Compassion in Action Day consisted of speeches from all guests on how we can put compassion into action. We showed a video of people from around the world sharing what compassion means to them, another video from His Holiness the Dalai Lama titled 'Can compassion be trained or taught', everyone took a few moments to pledge what they can do to put compassion into action in their daily life and a vegetarian dinner was served with a vegan birthday cake.

To continue the initiative, the Tibet World which has initiated this program said it was decided to launch World Compassion in Action Organisation, with a Vision: All human beings practice compassion constantly every day and the Mission: Empowering all human beings to put compassion into action.

World Compassion in Action is about making compassion a part of everything we think, say and do. The programs are as follows:

  • Compassion in Action ACTIVITIES
  • Compassion in Action EDUCATION
  • Compassion in Action AWARENESS

Tibet World is an NGO based in Dharamshala. It believes Itself its vision is to be a role model of a compassionate organization, committed to developing inner peace, self-reliance and building a more harmonious world. Its mission is to provide a platform for promoting education, raising cultural awareness and imparting Tibetan values to the world by inspiring people to initiate compassion, harmony, and peace.

You can find more information about the initiative from their website Tibet World.