Filed by Tenzin Jigme, DIIR Social Media Journalist
BODH GAYA: The land of Buddha’s enlightenment is all set for His Holiness teachings from today. The ambience at Gaya is warm and receptive. So far 13,820 pilgrims from 68 countries registered their names for His Holiness’ teachings as per the data record of the registration desk of the Department of Security, CTA.
Bihar State government has arranged free medical camps for two weeks. Drepung Loseling Monastery has arranged free medical camp for pilgrims.
“This free medical camp was initiated with the help of Taiwanese monks and we have been giving free medical care on every major religious teaching,” Tashi Gyalpo.
Men-Tsee-Khang has set up medical camp with four doctors. “In a day, around 300 patients come for a checkup and 80% are from Tibet,” Dr. Lobsang Soepa said.
Ghu-Chu-Sum has set up photo exhibition on Tibet. The exhibition is divided in three sections: before Chinese invasion, after Chinese invasion and the exploitation of Tibet’s resources. “Tibetans from Tibet were emotional upon seeing the grim reality of Tibet through pictorial exhibition,” Sonam Dorjee the Finance Executive of Ghu-Chu-Sum.
70 students volunteers of Tibetan Youth Congress from seven different colleges are serving the pilgrims with help desk, lost and found and providing emergency care for old and infirm.
“We are doing public announcement, if need arises we are providing 24 hours emergency service for pilgrims and also we have volunteers to receive and drop pilgrims from railway station to Gaya,” said Tashi Dhondup the TYC Cultural Executive.
An Exhibition on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s books collection is display by a student who has single handedly carried forward the exhibition since 2012. The 60th exhibition on His Holiness’ books comes with 25 different languages displayed at Gaya. Gonpo Dhondup is a Masters student at Banaras Hindu University.
When asked about his inspiration for this solo exhibition, Gonpo Dhondup said he was inspired when he first read His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book in 2011.
“Initially I started collecting His Holiness’ books for my own collection. My first exhibition was being held at Drepung Loseling Monlam Chenmo in 2012,” Gonpo Dhondup.