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Kalon Tsering Phuntsok Attends Maha Guru Boomtsok in Switzerland

August 20, 2010

Tibet Bureau - Geneva
August 17, 2010

Geneva: The first-ever Maha Guru Boomtsok, an
important Tibetan prayer congregation, is being
organised in Switzerland. At the invitation from
the organisers, Kalon Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for
the Department of Religion and Culture, attended
the prayer service which began on 13 August.

His Eminence Sakya Trizin Rinpoche gave the Guru
empowerment on the morning of 13 August.  Sakya
Trizin said that it was a very auspicious
occasion that a Maha Guru Boomtsok is being held in Switzerland.

Addressing Tibetans at the prayer congregation,
Kalon Tsering Phuntsok expressed his gratitude to
the organisers and conveyed Tashi Delek to the
Tibetan community on behalf of the Central
Tibetan Administration. He said we must
understand the significance of the Maha Guru
Boomtsok and its benefits to the Buddhism.

The organisers hope to make the Maha Guru
Boomtsok an annual religion event in Switzerland
for accumulating collective merits for His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life, early end to
the suffering of the Tibetans and for world peace.

On 14 August, Sakya Trizin Rinpoche gave the
Buddha Ayuttara Initiation at Winterthur to about
1,500 Tibetans. After the Initiation, Kalon
Tsering Phuntsok addressed the Tibetans. He said
Tibetans must think and act for the common
interest of the issue of Tibet. He exhorted the
Tibetans to pay attention the Central Tibetan
Administration’s policies and also updated them on the Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

Speaking to the local Tibetan assembly in
Switzerland on 15 August, Kalon Tsering Phuntsok
asked the legislators to study the Central
Tibetan Administration’s future policy on Tibet.
He briefly spoke about how the Charter of the
Tibetans Exile was drafted and made into law. He
emphasised that the charter is above every Tibetan.

He said the local assembly is a very important
body as its members are elected representatives
upon whom the Tibetan community have placed their trust.

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok yesterday visited the
Tibet Bureau in Geneva, and in the afternoon he
met with the Assistance to UN Special Rapporteur
on Freedom of Religion. Today he will meet Namkha
Rinpoche and visit the International Nyingmapa
Rigdzin Community. He will meet Lodrö Rinpoche of
Samdup Dolma Ling in Zurich tomorrow.

He also met Geshe Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa of the
Sakya Tsechen Ling and had discussions with board
meetings and monk community of the Tibetan Institute, Rikon.

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok will return to India on 19 August.
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