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A three-day celebration marking the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday kicked off Sunday, as thousands of supporters -- and some protesters -- gathered in Anaheim, California to hear the spiritual leader speak. The Dalai Lama, who turns 80 on Monday, was guest of honor at the Global Compassion Summit at the Honda Center in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles, speaking on "awakening compassion" and the "transformative power of creativity and art." His fans said they were delighted to mark the occasion with the Tibetan spiritual leader. "This milestone occasion is a joyous opportunity for people to come together in celebration of His Holiness' life and achievements," said Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, founder of the non-profit Friends of the Dalai Lama.