The Dalai Lama asked thousands of his followers gathered at Tsuklag-Khang, Dharamsala, northern India to honor Mahatma Gandhi by following the path of his non-violent efforts on October 2, 2014.
The Tibetan administration in exile had chosen the birthday of Gandhi to officially commemorate the 25th year of conferment of the Nobel peace prize on the Dalai Lama.
Tibet's spiritual leader expressed appreciation towards fellow Nobel laureates including Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams for their support, who despite China's pressure, refused to attend the 14th Nobel Summit after he was denied visa by South Africa.
"The treatment by the South African government is like bullying a humble person who has no protection," the Dalai Lama said in a 15-minute address, while breaking his silence for the first time over visa denial by the South African government owing to Chinese pressure.
Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist who won Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, said she had fought for human rights for 45 years and that she drew inspiration from the Tibetan leader. She showed solidarity with the Tibetans, and said we only have to wait for the sun to rise.
Jody Williams also expressed appreciation to the Dalai Lama by saying that they call him and his friend Desmond Tutu, Super Laureates. "The protest was not meant for the organizing team, but to China and countries who sold their soul and sovereignty to China, to let them know that we are always with the Dalai Lama," Williams added.
According to sources, the summit has been postponed and moved out of South Africa. The new location is yet to be declared.