After celebrating 60 years of peaceful liberation, Tibet heard that the Dalai Lama has turned down pleas to accept a ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up his position as political leader, a top Tibetan leader reported.

With the end of his political involvement, the Tibetan parliament is planning to amend its constitution.

The Dalai Lama said he will outline what he wants his role to be in the next few days.

Tibetans have voted in a Harvard legal scholar as the head of their government-in-exile, but they feel that they should still be able to use the Dalai Lama's influence with world leaders to further the Tibetan cause, reports said.

Tibetan leader Samdhong Rinpoche said Wednesday that the Dalai Lama refused the request to be a ceremonial head of state.