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Saka Dawa: The Tibetan month of Great Merits

June 20, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
June 18, 2008

New Delhi, June 18 - Saka Dawa (15th day of the 4th lunar month) is
the most important festival in Tibetan Buddhism. It celebrates the
birth and enlightenment of Sakyamuni and his entry to Nirvana. It is
said that good deeds in this month deserve 300 fold in return and
this leads to many people donating large sums to the religious
orders, monasteries and beggars that gather at this time of year.

Tibetans in Delhi today commemorated the otherwise festive occasion
at Jantar Mantar. The Tibetan Solidarity Committee, Delhi organized a
Community Kitchen (langkar) that offered free food and lemonade to
almost 2,000 people in the area.

The 'Mudrel Tibetan Music' group which saw band members staging a 49
hour non-stop musical performance from June 16 ended at 11 am earlier
today. Their presentation was a form of protest and a sign of
discontent at the current situation of Tibet under China's rule.

Six Tibetans comprising of three men, two women and a monk paid
'great homage' with traditional Tibetan prostration from Rajghat to
Jantar Mantar covering a distance of six kilometers in the blazing
Delhi heat. The sight of these believers in tattered clothes covered
with sweat caused many people to choke with emotion. Greatly
overwhelmed by their gesture and strong resolution, the six Tibetans
were applauded by those waiting at Jantar Mantar where they received
a warm welcome among cheers and calls supporting Tibet and His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.

About 150 Tibetans from the local settlement was present at the venue
along with representatives of the local Tibetan office as well as
officials from the TGIE. The function was speared by Kalon Tenpa
Tsering and Lama Choephel Zoepa from the Himalayan Committee for
Action on Tibet. Geshe Thupten Dorjee also lent his support to the
cause and called for unity and harmony in the hour of need.

About 18 students from the University of Arkansas showed up at Jantar
Mantar to express their support and common aims in view of the
current Tibet crisis.

The day's event came to an end with a special prayer session in the
evening. An otherwise joyous occasion was overshadowed with grief at
the fate of Tibet under China's totalitarian governance. With
continued tyranny in the region, Tibet has now become a fortress that
no outside element can penetrate. The destiny of six million lies in
their unwavering belief in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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