TEZU, Arunachal Pradesh : Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of Tibetan Parliamanet-in-Exile attended the auspicious inauguration ceremony of Lhagon Choeling Monasery and the enthronement ceremony of H. E. Lhadrang Chogtrul Pema Thinley Dodhul Rinpoche at Dhargeyling Tibetan Settlement, Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh from 24 to 26 November.
The event was also attended by H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche, Chairman of Namdrolling Monastery, H.E. Lhadrang Chogtrul Ripoche, H.E. Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche and the state’s Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Kumari Waii, Art and Culture Minister Mohesh Chai, State BJP President Tapir Gao, Health Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi along with hundreds of local Tibetans.
The first day of the ceremony saw its Chief Guest H.E. Gyangkhang Rinpoche and Special Guest Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel joining together for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by lamp-lightening and scarf offering ceremony, thereafter, paving way for the enthronement ceremony of H. E. Lhadrang Chogtrul Pema Thinley Dodhul Rinpoche. Ceremony was followed by Black Hat ritual dance (Shanak Garcham), libation offering and cultural performances.
On 25 November, the monastery conducted religious ceremony to offer their tribute and gratitude to H.E. Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche and thereafter, the Dance of the Eight Manifestation of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Tsen Gye Cham) was performed.
The next day event was graced by state’s Chief Minister Honourable Pema Khandu. Ceremonial inauguration of the monastery and the religious functions of inaugurating the shrines of Amitābha—the Buddha of Infinite Light and Tara (Jetsun Dolma) were conducted.
Tibetan settlement officer Dhondup Sangpo, Dhargeyling Tibetan settlement, Tezu welcomed the imminent guests and local Tibetans. H. E. Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche extended his gratitude to CM Pema Khadu and his ministerial colleagues, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel as well as other guests and offered them mementos as a token of his gratitude. Lama Lobsang Paljor and Dr. Pema Tsetso then read out the program for the day.
In his address, Speaker of the Tibetan parliament said, “I offer my sincere congratulation on the successful completion of Lhagon Jangchup Choeling Monastery. It is through the years of H.E. Dzogchen Ganor
Rinpoche’s vision, guidance and prayers that made possible the construction of this new monastery. I would like to convey my gratitude to the magnanimous sponsors and supporters of the Monastery and I am especially humbled to be in the presence of the state’s ministers including Honourable Pema Khandu.”
He further said, “Late Shri Dorjee Khando, who was a staunch devotee of our Unsurpassable leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, had always held the Tibetan people dear to his heart. I would like to thank CM Khando, who is following the foot steps of his late father, for facilitating to the needs of Tibetans settled in the state.”
“Tibetans should preserve and promote the religion, culture and language endowed to us by our parents and follow the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration. If we practice our unique custom of courteousness and virtuousness with compassion as its principal, we would not only help our own community but also other communities by large.”
He concluded his speech on a hopeful note saying, “Never lose your hope in our common struggle, for one day all of us will be back together in Tibet.”
Chief Minister Pema Khando expressed his appreciation to H.E. Dzogchen Ganor Rinpoche for his vision and guidance on the successful completion of construction of the new monastery at Tezu. He also conveyed his steadfast support in rendering necessary assistance to the Tibetans in the state in future as well. Art and Culture Minister Mohesh Chai and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein also addressed the gathering.
Later that evening, everyone reveled in the auspicious masked dance (Cham) accompanied by lively cymbals and the cultural dances by the local Tibetans, thereby, concluding the joyous 3-days historical occasion.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat-