By Lobsang Wangyal
McLEOD GANJ, India, 3 June 2021
The head lama of Thiksay Monastery in Ladakh Thiksay Rinpoche has congratulated Penpa Tsering for assuming as the Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration.
In a letter sent to Tsering, Thiksay Rinpoche has wished the new Sikyong in fulfilling the wishes of the Dalai Lama and achieving Tibetan autonomy through the Middle-way approach that’s mutually beneficial for both China and Tibet.
Rinpoche, 78, serves the people of Ladakh providing religious sermons, as well as political leadership and services. He was born in Ladakh, but was trained as monk at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa when he was ten years old.
He witnessed the Chinese invasion of Tibet, and even had a bullet pass through his robe during the military shelling in Lhasa. The occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to return to Ladakh the same year.
In 1999, he was appointed as a member of Indian Parliament in Rajya Sabha (the Upper house) till 2002.
The President of the All Ladakh Gonpa Association, Shedup Jampa, has also congratulated the new Sikyong.
In his congratulatory letter to Sikyong Penpa Tsering, he has wished Tsering success in his endeavours to resolve the Tibetan issue amicably.
Penpa Tsering took oath of office before the Chief Justice of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission on 27 May, with the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama virtually blessing the swearing-in of the new Sikyong.