By Tenzin Rabga | TSO
BIR, India, 10 December 2012
Exile Tibetans marked World Human Rights Day and the commemoration of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with prayers in Bir and Chauntra.
A mass prayer ceremony was held at Palyul Choekhor Nyingmapa Monastery in Bir, presided over by Venerable Ringo Tulku and Dzongsar Khenchen Jamyang Losel.
Tulkus, Khenpos, and monks, from Palyul Choekhorling, Diru Gonpa, Sherabling Monastery, Pema Aewam Gyurmeling, Dzongsar Institute, Bhumang Monastery, Zabsang Choekhorling Monastery, as well as students and staff members from TCV Suja, TCV Chauntra, Sambhota Chauntra, and Sambhota Bir, along with the general public and foreign tourists, attended the puja ceremony in the afternoon.
In all, more than 2000 people participated in the ceremony.
Mr. Tenzin Rabga, Settlement Officer of Chauntra, read the Kashag’s address for the occasion. This was followed by a reading by Mr. Tsultrim Tenzin, a member of the Parliament, of the address of Tibetan parliament-in-exile.
Prayers were performed, along with offering of 1000 butter lamps before a portrait His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan national flag and “Free Tibet” banners were prominently displayed at the site.
Ms Tsering Lhamo, Settlement Officer of Bir Tibetan Society, thanked Rinpoche and Khenpo for leading the Puja and for their assistance in organising the event. She also thanked Venerable Dzongsar Khentse Rinpoche for taking a break from his initiation to attend the event.
A candlelight vigil was organised in the evening from the Palyul monastery to Bir Main Square, in which all the people participated.