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Buddhists celebrate birthday of 8th century monk, Guru Rinpoche

August 20, 2008

The Daily India
August 18, 2008

Gangtok, Aug 18 (ANI) -- Buddhists here celebrated the birthday of
eighth century monk, Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche,
with great pomp.

Hundreds of Buddhist monks and residents participated in the festivities.

The celebrations commemorated the guru's contribution to world peace.

Devotees carried a statue of the Guru Padmasambhava through the main
streets and chanted hymns to the accompaniment of traditional drum
beats. The procession which started from Chorten monastery culminated
at Tsuklakhang Monastery (Royal Palace Monastery).

Acharya Padmasambhava was a Tantric master who founded the Vajrayana
Buddhism, which took firm roots in Tibet in the eighth century.
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