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Tibetan exiles Celebrate Karmapa's 26th Birthday in India

June 29, 2010

The Tibet Post International
June 28, 2010

Dharamshala -- June 26, Tibetans anbd Buddhist
followers living in Dharamshala have celebrated
the 26th birthday of His Eminence the 17th Gyalwa
Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje. Thousands of
devotees; Tibetans, Chinese, Taiwanese,
foreigners and people from other countries
chanted hymns praying for peace and harmony with
performing traditional ritual instruments.

Heads of NGOs, monasteries, nunneries,
institutions, Tibetan government officials,
parliament members, and other dignitaries
conveyed greetings to His Eminence the Gyalwa
Karmapa. Earlier during the day, the programme
began with lighting of incense sticks by the
monks followed by offering of Mandalas to the
17th Gyalwa Karmapa. The Buddhist followers led
by monks also offered prayers wishing long life
and well being of the 17th Karmapa.

Among the dignitaries that attended the event,
which also witnessed the presentation of the
Tibet‘s traditional dance and ritual programmes
at Gyuto Tantric Monastery in Sidhbari near
Dharamshala where the events were held.

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Lama, who fled to India
in January 2001, following religious suppression
and human rights violation by the Chinese, is now
settled in Dharamshala, India. He is the head of
the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism, which is
headquartered at the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.
He has been granted refugee status by the
Government of India. The 17th Karmapa Lama is the
highest Tibetan lama whose authority is
recognised by both Beijing and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

A total of more than 150,000 Tibetans now live in
exile, nearly 130,000 of them in various
settlements across India, Nepal and Bhutan also celebrated his birhtday.
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