PARIS: Kasur Kirti Rinpoche, spiritual head of Kirti Monastery, today concluded his two day visit to Paris and left for Amsterdam.
Rinpoche is on a five nation European tour to highlight the issue of Tibet, and particularly in the Ngaba region where the most numbers of Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule. Since March 2009, 107 Tibetans have set themselves on fire calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet.
During his stay in Paris, Kasur Kirti Rinpoche met with the members of Tibet Group in both the upper and lower houses of the French parliament yesterday, and briefed them about the current situation in Tibet and particularly with regard to the Kirti Monastery.
Mr. Jean Patrick Gilles and Mr. Noel Mamere, the co-presidents of the Tibet Group in the lower house, Assemblee Nationale, reiterated their firm support for the Tibet people and their fundamental human rights. They informed that the group will be urging the French President Francois Hollande to raise the issue of Tibet with his Chinese counterpart during his coming visit to China.
In the Senate, Mr. Allain Anziani and Mme. Sophie Piras, two members of the Tibet group received Kirti Rinpoche and briefed him on the workings and future projects of the group vis a vis highlighting the issue of Tibet in the French parliament as well as among the people.
Earlier on 7 March, after his successful visit to Brussels, Kirti Rinpoche arrived in Paris and met with the local Tibetan community. While addressing the Tibetan community members, the abbot of Kirti monastery stressed on the importance of individual responsibility that each Tibetan must undertake towards the common cause of Tibet.
Rinpoche also emphasised the importance of preserving the Tibetan language and culture among the Tibetans living in the west, and strongly underscored the role of the parents as one of the most crucial for the future generation Tibetans to keep abreast of their language, culture and ultimately their identity.