January 26, 2018
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Published By Jamphel Shonu

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay (c) with DIIR Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo (left) and DIIR Secretary Dhardon Sharling at the launch of the yearlong ‘Thank You India’ campaign at National Press club of India in New Delhi, 18 January 2018. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

31 March 2018 marks the beginning of exactly sixty years since His Holiness the Dalai Lama stepped on the sacred land of India following his flight into exile from Tibet.

Tibet is inextricably linked to India through geography, history, culture, and spiritually, Tibetans refer to India as ‘Gyagar Phagpay Yul’ or India, the land of Aryas.’

His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls India the ‘Guru’ and Tibet its ‘Chela’ and refers to himself as a ‘Son of India’ and a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He continues to advocate the revival of India’s ancient wisdom based on the Nalanda tradition. Today, His Holiness is the best ambassador for Indian values of non-violence, ahimsa and inter-religious harmony and the promotion of basic human values: compassion and kindness.

India has been a second home for Tibetan people and provided profound support for the Tibetan freedom struggle. CTA President Dr Losang Sangay called the Tibetan struggle ‘Made in India’ and said that ‘the success of the Tibetan struggle will be India’s success story.’

With the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan people across India are observing the year 2018 with a series of Pan-India events spanning 12 months both on the physical and virtual space to publicly express gratitude to the Government and people of India, for ensuring the success of the efforts of Tibetan people: promoting its rich ancient culture and unique identity, assuring the viability and sustainability of Tibetan leadership and Tibetan communities, and leading the Tibetan struggle through steadfast commitment to non-violence and dialogue.

Calendar of events to observe year-long ‘Thank you India’ events

Pad Yatra (Peace March): 17 – 31 March 2018
Sixty Indian friends will begin a peace march from Chuthangmo/ Khenzimani in Arunachal Pradesh and will culminate in the marches arriving in Delhi on March 31 to symbolize 60 years since His Holiness stepped on the Indian soil.

Interfaith Prayer Meeting : 31 March 2018

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will lead an interfaith prayer meeting of religious leaders at Rajghat, New Delhi. 113 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns will participate to symbolically represent the number of years His Holiness has promised to live.

Thank you India Public Event: 1 April 2018

‘Thank you India’ public event at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi graced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Indian dignitaries.

Thank you India Tibet Festival: 2 – 4 April 2018

Three day ‘Thank you India Tibet Festival’ at India International Centre, New Delhi

Thank you India Little Tibet Festival: 5 – 7 April 2018

Three day ‘Thank you India Little Tibet Festival,’ at Delhi Haat

Pray for India: 29 May 2018

On the 15th day of Saka Dawa (Budha’s birth, enlightenment and death) Tibetan monasteries and nunneries across India will observe a prayer meeting titled ‘Pray for India’ where Buddhist monks and nuns along with leaders of different religious traditions and faith will pray for India’s success and wellbeing of the Indian people.

Toward a Green India: 5 June 2018

On World Environment Day, Tibetans in India will engage in a mass tree plantation drive.

Toward a Healthy India: 21 June 2018

On International Yoga Day, Tibetans in India will take part in Yoga Day events organized by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India.

Feed the Hungry: 6 July 2018

On the occasion of the 83rd birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans across India will feed the hungry and the homeless.

Toward a Clean India: 2 October 2018

On the occasion of the observing of Swach Bharat, an initiative of the Indian Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Tibetans in India will initiate a mass cleanliness drive.

Cover the Cold: 10 December 2018

On the occasion of World Human Rights Day and the 29th anniversary of conferment of Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetans across India will distribute blankets and warm clothes to the homeless.

 

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