BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The 11th Panchen Lama extended his greetings to all Tibetans at home and abroad on Saturday, the eve of the Tibetan new year.
"On the occasion of the Tibetan New Year of Wood Horse, the occasion of beginning and renewal, I would like to extend the new year greetings to all the Tibetan people at home and abroad," he said.
"I wish you all a healthy and peaceful life. All your good wishes will come true. Tashi Delek!" he said, using a Tibetan phrase for extending good luck and best wishes.
The Panchen Lama, one of the two most revered living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, delivered the greetings ahead of the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body.
He was elected a member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee last year.