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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Monday, March 8, 2004

3. Long-Life Puja for His Holiness (TN)

March 08, 2004

Dharamsala, March 6 - Celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 50th year as
a fully ordained Buddhist monk and pleading for his continued blessings, the
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan people today offered a
long life puja for His Holiness at Tsuklakhang in McLeod Ganj. "At 19, I
became a fully ordained monk under my teachers and this is my 50th year as a
Buddhist monk. And that is my biggest pride, otherwise I have no other
abilities to show off" said His Holiness.

The long life puja today was led by the young Ling Choktrul Rinpoche- the
reincarnation of His Holiness' teacher Ling Rinpoche, with attendance of the
representatives of the head of Tibet's four Buddhist sects and Bon- Tibet's
indigenous religion, the CTA officers, 3000 monks and nuns and several
thousand people.

His Holiness was ordained in 1954 on the auspicious 15th day of the 1st
month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, the day of offering (Choenga Choepa),
the final day of the Buddha's victorious philosophical and miracle battles
with his opponents and their subsequent conversion into Buddhist faith.

Today, on the same special day, His Holiness asked people to remember the
Buddha not just as a great philosopher or an enlightened being but for his
work, for his philosophies. What Buddha taught ages ago still stand true
even today.

Last week His Holiness ordained about a hundred monks including Ling
Choktrul Rinpoche, Kundeling Ratsa Trulku Rinpoche, Serkong Tsenshap
Rinpoche, Amdo Changkya Rinpoche, Diru Shapdung Rinpoche and Nyungney

He also said that for the last fifty years he must have ordained at least
"10,000 monks and of which 1000 must have disrobed by now" and he burst into
laughter. His Holiness stressed on the values of discipline and integrity
while being a monk and uselessness of faking one's way out to make a living
which merit more bad than good.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Freedom March: The Final Leg (TYC)
  2. Tibet Support Groups Receive the Freedom Marchers in Delhi
  3. Long-Life Puja for His Holiness (TN)
  4. Dalai Lama delivers annual sermon (ANI)
  5. Tibetans, supporters brave English weather to mark Tibet Day
  6. Monk mummy found in mountains (AFP)
  7. A Stranger in My Native Land
  8. Tibetans urge countries going to polls to raise Tibet issue (IANS)

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