FIDE President congratulates the XIV Dalai Lama on his birthday

Your Holiness! I heartily congratulate you on your birthday! For me, as for all the Buddhists on Earth, it is a great honor and happiness to live in the same time as you.

On this day, which is especially important for the followers of the Buddhist teachings, we are thankful and grateful for you giving us invaluable lessons of wisdom, spiritual development and awareness of the true human values ​​- kindness, love, compassion and mercy.

Over the years, you have worked tirelessly for the good of all people of the earth, regardless of religion or color. Purity of thought and desire to help everyone mark you as the spiritual leader of all Buddhists, peacemaker and true incarnation of Buddha.
Your infinite kindness, compassion and wisdom are the bright guiding star in our lives.
I pray for your health and longevity!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,
President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
July 6, 2016