Dharamshala: Kalon Karma Gelek Yuthok of Department of Religion and Culture, CTA today attended the 22nd founding anniversary of Norbulingka Institute.
The ceremony was graced by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, new-appoint President of the Norbulingka Institute. Others at the event were Kalon Trisur Kalsang Yeshi, Kim Yeshi, founders of the Norbulingka Institute, members of the administration and staff.
Addressing the ceremony, Chorig Kalon hailed the extraordinary service of the Norbulingka Institute towards restoration and promotion of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and cultural herigage.
He noted that since the proposal for the Institute was broached and blessed by His Holiness in 1983, extensive work has been done to preserve Tibetan culture in form of art and expertise.
“Since the inception, the Institution has not only withstood the test of time and challenges, but has remained steadfast in its commitment to restore the rich cultural heritage of Tibet,” Chorig Kalon said, expressing his gratitude to the administration and staff of Norbulingka.
He urged that the Institution must continue its efforts with renewed courage and determination. “When it comes to serving the Tibetan cause, one must remain focussed on the greater cause of Tibet, and not yield to the trivial, less relevent matters. History has taught us numerous lessons,” he said.
He also spoke of the restoration efforts for Tibetan monastic and learning centres in exile-spearheaded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Since assuming office as Kalon, I have visited most Tibetan buddhist monasteries and nunneries in exile. Numbers and numbers of monasteries are now rapidly growing into becoming main Buddhist learning centres. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who has long encouraged this revival, has on many ocassions expressed his deep happiness in these developments.
Kyabje Ling Rinpoche spoke in praise of the invaluable contribution of Kalon Trisur Kalsang Yeshi and Kim Yeshi. The boundless service of this Institution towards restoration and promotion of Tibetan culture, identity and ancient heritage is unmatched, he said. Rinpoche also expressed that he has often marvelled at the elegance of the art and crafts of Norbulingka.
Norbulingka Institute was officially inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1995. It was originally founded in 1988 by Kalon Trisur Kelsang Yeshi and Kim Yeshi at Sidhpur, near Dharamshala and is dedicated to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. The institution strives to hand down the Tibetan tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans. It supports an environment in which Tibetan community and family values can flourish. It further seeks to create an international awareness of Tibetan values and their expression in art and literature.