PRETORIA: The Office of Tibet, South Africa, organised a prayer service at Lamrim Buddhist Centre in Johannesburg on Sunday, 2 August, over the recent death of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Yeshi during their imprisonment in a Chinese government prison.
The prayer service was attended by a group of South African Buddhists receiving teachings from Geshe Samten, a visiting spiritual teacher from Drepung Gomang.
Addressing the gathering, Representative Nangsa Chodon explained the recent death of Tulku Tenzin Delek and Lobsang Yeshi under the brutal treatment in Chinese prison in spite of an International campaign for their release. A special traditional lighting of the lamps and recitation of prayers and mantras were performed in the shrine to pray for the departed souls and show solidarity to their families in Tibet and relatives in exile.
A week before this, the Office of Tibet also sent an appeal letter to various international human rights organisations and media, appealing them to urge the Chinese government to clarify the circumstances which led to Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death in prison; to reveal whereabouts of his sisters; to urge China to receive United Nations’ representatives and international human rights organisations to verify the conditions of Tibetan political prisoners and urge China to resume dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives.
The Office of Tibet, South Africa, also expressed its sadness and conveyed a special message of condolence from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sikyong to the Indian High Commissioner at Pretoria and the Indian Consulate General at Johannesburg towards the demise of former President Dr. Abdul Kalam. The Indian High Commission acknowledged the message and thanked His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay and the Tibetan people for their show of solidarity.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, South Africa –