This is the Dalai Lamas first public appearance since the Dalai Monastery in Dharamsala, India.
In an interview with The Associated Press in September, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist was asked what he meant by “merry Christmas” in a country that has long been marked by religious violence and persecution.
He said the words mean the same thing in a different way: Thank you, Thank you again.
“I have to be careful with this,” he said.
“Because there are a lot of words that have been misused, so that is what I am trying to do.
But you know, there are many words that I have to say in this regard.”
The Dalai Lama’s comments are not the first time the Tibetan spiritual leader has made use of religious language.
The Dalai said he would like to see the United States recognize the Dalai as a state.
And he said he is hoping for an end to a decades-long ban on the Tibetan religion by the U.S. Government.
The Dalai, who has been exiled to India since 1959, is a Nobel Peace laureate, peace icon, and advocate for Tibetan rights.