FIDE President conveyed his congratulations to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
"Your Holiness! I heartily congratulate you on your birthday!
I keep saying we live in the same era with you and this is the greatest happiness! I am proud to have met you and touched your hand. I was greatly honoured to receive your blessing. We, who live at the same time and on the same planet with you, are extremely fortunate: we can see and feel the living embodiment of the Buddha of Compassion.
We, the followers of the Buddhist teaching, are enormously grateful and thankful to you for giving us invaluable lessons in wisdom, spiritual perfection and awareness of true human values – goodness, love, compassion and mercy.
For many years you have worked tirelessly for the benefit of all the people of the Earth regardless of their religion and colour. The purity of thoughts and the desire to help everyone makes you the spiritual leader of all Buddhists, the peacemaker and the true incarnation of the Buddha.
I tirelessly pray for your health and longevity!"
Editorial note. We join in the congratulations and invite our website readers to recall the most famous statements of the Great Teacher with the help of pictures below.