The Tibetan Community in Belgium put up an impressive day-night long celebration of His Holiness’ 82nd birthday yesterday again in Antwer – happening city for Tibetans in Belgium. While the afternoon was slotted for play and game, the formal birthday programme took place in the evening.
Representative Tashi Phuntsok, the Chief Guest, was joined by his colleagues in the office. Representatives of different Tibetan NGOs and Metok Rinpoche were other guests seated in front of the well adorned hall. Many hundred members of the community had gathered from all over Belgium.
Beginning the evening cultural performance, the Snow Lion sauntered in, flipping its right eye-lid in mischievous winks, with its rich and luxuriant shaggy coat. Dancing and going around playfully to the audience it ended its exit twirling its wispy tail, naughtily.
But Tashi Sholpa, the next item, as usual, alternated with slow majestic dance steps and tumultuous shaking of body, prominently the masked heads, heralded the happy tidings of Dalai Lama.
Many dances and songs followed, presented by Sherab Nangje School children and others. Folk dances, musical ensembles, Nangma repertoire, gorshey etc went on into the midnight, in a joyous and happy environment of communal celebrations.
Earlier in the formal section of the programme, the Tibetan community accounts was presented by Accountant Jigme la, showing substantial increase in funds.
President Karma la gave a brief resume of the board’s activities. Reflecting on His Holiness’ life-long leadership, he appealed for more active participation in Buddhist philosophy weekend classes. The boards’s search for a community hall was unsuccessful, but would continue because of the confidence and support of the community, he added.
Representative Phuntsok drew the attention of the public to the life-long commitments, resilience and unshaken determination of His Holiness on varied aspects: In Tibetan politics from the tender age of 16 when he was imposed the responsibility of Tibetan polity, to the unheard of tragedy in Tibetan history, compelling him and his people to seek refuge in India when the Sky and Earth were their only acquaintances, to his current lofty international profile and to the ever greater trust in His Holiness by Tibetans in and outside Tibet.
The establishment of Tibetan Administration, resettlement of Tibetans, reestablishment of Tibetan centres of learning and culture, to the preservation of Tibetan language and Buddhism, his legacy is un-parelleled. Democratisation and political reforms culminating in direct election of Tibetan leadership, are many of other achievements. Tibetan issue is uncrushed and is alive because of him.
But much remains to be done to complete His Holiness’s vision. By whole heartedly imbibing his wish and trying to positively work to fulfil his wish will guarantee his legacy, he concluded.