April 21, 2007
   Posted in News Flash
By Staff Writer

Exile Administration to offer tenshugs to 12 prominent lamas

Saturday, 21 April 2007, 12:26 p.m.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama with a group of most prominent spiritual leaders of Tibet (Photo: Tenzin Choejor)

Dharamshala: In what is the first of a series, Kalon Tsering Phuntsok yesterday presented tenshug (long-life offerings) to Menri Trizin, based at the Menri Ling Bonpo Monastery of Dholanji, some 12 kms from Solan.

The Department of Religion and Culture will offer tenshug to 12 most prominent spiritual leaders from the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and the traditional Bon religion, at the time and place of their convenience.

The initiative is symbolic of fulfillment of the whole retinue of propitious circumstances attached with the presentation of tenshug to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 14 March (read article), Religion and Culture Secretary Tsering Dhondup told TibetNet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, currently at the Bon monastery (read article), has also approved this initiative of the Department as highly auspicious, Mr Dhondup added.

The Kalon for Religion and Culture, Tsering Phuntsok, will next present tenshug to Minling Trichen Rinpoche on Monday, 23 April, and to Kyabje Trulshi Rinpoche on Tuesday, 24 April. The two leaders from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism are at present based in Dehra Dun.

After offering tenshug to the Sakya Gongma Rinpoche, head of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, on Tuesday, 26 April, the Department will present this May long-life offerings to the spiritual leaders based in South India.

The remaining spiritual leaders include Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Gyalwa Karmapa Rinpoche, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk, Luding Khenpo Trichen, Gaden Tripa and Drepung Tripa.

Mr Dhondup further said that in case of the spiritual leaders based in countries other than India and Nepal, tenshug will be presented through the respective offices of Tibet. This whole initiative is expected to be completed within the first half of the year.

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