Gyalwa Karmapa Turns 21
Tuesday, 27 June 2006, 4:30 PM
|Gyalwa Karmapa (Photo Gonpo)
Dharamshala: The 21st birthday of Gyalwa Karmapa, head of Kam-tsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was held yesterday at the Gyuto Monastery here.
Devotees from Taiwan, Korea, Bhutan, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand and all over the world have gathered to offer their wishes to Gyalwa Karmapa as he turned 21 yesterday.
The ceremony began with long-life prayer offering to him.
The prayer ceremony was followed by Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche’s speech. Kalon Tripa wished and prayed for the long life of Gyalwa Karmapa on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and all the Tibetan people.
Kalon Tripa and the Chairman of the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD) Mr. Karma Choephel said that the Tibetan people are and will be ever grateful to him for his service to the Tibetans in particular and humanity in general and for protecting Kagyu lineage.
The chairman also briefed about the resolution passed during the 9th session of the 12th ATPD in year 2000 to welcome Gyalwa Karmapa for his successful escape and arrival in Dharamshala that year.
He said that the ATPD would continue its effort to write to the Indian Government urging them to allow him to visit Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.
In the afternoon there were cultural performances to entertain all the guests and public.
Present were the chief justice commissioner and the two justice commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, chairperson and standing committee members of the ATPD, Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche and other three Kalons of the CTA, officials of the CTA and heads of the non-governmental organisations.
Hundreds of local Tibetan people have also gathered to receive an audience of Gyalwa Karmapa and to wish him.
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