By Tashi Wangchuk
RICHMOND, CA, US, 9 May 2012
Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) held a special monlam prayer for the late Adam Yauch, the rapper and founder of Beastie Boys and a long-time friend of Tibet and the Tibetan people, at their community center in Richmond last Sunday. Many young, adult, and aged Tibetans gathered to offer prayer for the great soul. Hundreds of butter lamps were lit and piles of tsoks were offered at the centre’s beautiful altar. A few non-Tibetan friends and supporters were also present at the gathering. Specially-prepared Tibetan tea was served to all.
Miss Tenzin Yangzom, the general secretary of TANC, described Adam as the champion and ambassador of the downtrodden people on this planet. Adam was one of the pioneer donors to form a “Students for a Free Tibet” chapter.
“Although I had already offered my share of prayers earlier, I came here to offer tribute to the great soul,” described one of the aged Tibetans who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, with tears in his eyes.
The whole ceremony lasted for about two hours, after which the tsoks were distributed among devotees.
The San Francisco Bay Area has around 2000 Tibetans, and TANC is one of the most successful and important Tibetan associations in North America.