Friends of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is having a three-day birthday party in California this week. Starting in Annaheim yesterday, Tibet's spiritual leader-in-exile put together a "Global Compassion Summit" around his 80th birthday.

It includes talks on subjects like compassion, wisdom, and leadership–and a performance by Michael Franti.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=178&v=qavferRNf5Q

Celebrities like Sharon Stone and George Lopez, among others, wished him a happy birthday.

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The Dalai Lama asked people to share stories of compassionate acts with #WithCompassion on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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"The Dalai Lama does not want any physical gifts—for him, this birthday is just like any other day. However if we can help to create a more compassionate, kind planet—that would be the most beautiful gift of all," the Dalai Lama's personal emissary for peace, Lama Tenzin Dhonden, told the Los Angeles Times.