January 4, 2008
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Central Tibetan Administration presents auspicious offering to His Holiness

Friday, 4 January 2008, 4:18 p.m.


His
Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives at the Drepung monastery at Mundgod,
Karnataka, amidst ceremonial welcome on 2 January 2008/Photo: Jigme
Tsering, tibetTVonline

Dharamshala: Thousands of
Tibetans and Buddhist devotees from across the world carrying Khatags
(ceremonial scraves) and incense gave a rousing welcome to His Holiness
the Dalai Lama on his arrival in Doeguling Tibetan settlement in North
Kannara in South India on Wednesday.

The top officials of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA),
including, justice commissioner, speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche – ecclesiastical
heads, chief representative of south India, abbots of the monasteries
of Gaden, Sera and Drepung, Doeguling settlement officer and members of
the local Indo-Tibetan Friendship Society were present at the Hubli
airport to receive His Holiness.

Auspicious offering being offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Drepung monastery

Deputy Commissioner of North Kannada district Munish
Mudgil and Superintendent of Police, N Shivaprasad welcomed His
Holiness on behalf of the district administration.

While addressing media persons at the airport, His Holiness
expressed his gratitude to the state government and the local people
for extending support to the Tibetan people since the Tibetan settled
in the region in 1960’s.

His Holiness further said: “Owing to the support provided by
the Indian government during the last 45 years, we have been able to
establish an agriculture based settlement and many centres of learning
for the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.”

Members
of Kashag (from left) DIIR Kalon Kesang Y Takla, Health Kalon Paljor
Tsering, Kalon Tempa Tsering representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama at the Bureau Office, New Delhi, waits to present offerings to His
Holiness

Next day at 8 o’clock in the morning, members of the Kashag had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Later, His Holiness conferred teachings on Jamphel Tsencho at the
Drepung monastery at the request of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Prior to the teaching, officials of CTA including justice
commissioner, speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Kalon Tripa, members
of the Kashag, members of Parliament, former Kalons, offered auspicious
offerings to express their gratitude to the great service, His Holiness
has rendered to the Tibetan people in particular and world in general.

Members of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Kalons attending a prayer ceremony at Drepung monastery

While in Dharamshala, more than 300 Tibetans gathered at
Tsuglagkhang yesterday morning to offer long life prayers and offerings
to His Holiness. The officials of the Central Tibetan Administration
attended the prayer ceremony.

Later in the afternoon, Kalon Kesang Y Takla, Kalon for the
Department of Information and International Relations launched the
official website of the office of Tibet based in
Australia-www.tibetoffice.com.au

On 7 January, His Holiness will inaugurate a new assembly hall at the Drepung Loseling monastery.

Members of the Kashag having audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In the subsequent days from 8-13 January, His Holiness will give teachings at the Drepung Loseling monastery.

On the morning of 14 January, His Holiness will confer a long
life empowerment and later, a long life offering ceremony for His
Holiness will be held.

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