April 25, 2018 marked the 29th birth anniversary of Panchen Lama.
Below is the "Official " Statement about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama shared by Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile, Bylakuppe, India.
Today is the auspicious 29th Birthday Anniversary of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Jetsun Tenzin Gedhun Yeshi Trinley Phunstsok Pal Sangpo. On this special day, the monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery bow down in great reverence to Him and offer our heartfelt prayers and countless good wishes for His well-being. We also take the opportunity to welcome many Tibetan people who have gathered at the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery here in Bylakuppe, South India to join us in the celebration of His 29th Birthday.
To honor his Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima on this special day, the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and Students for Free Tibet are jointly organizing a candlelight vigil, lighting more than 130,000 candles. The number of candles at this vigil represents the total number of Tibetans in exile. With this, we have also set a new World Record for the most number of candles lit at a vigil. But more importantly, each of the 130,000 candles lit at the vigil, represent the hope of every Tibetan in exile for the swift release of the Panchen Lama. The candles signify the prayers and wishes of every Tibetan for the good health, and well-being of the 11th Panchen Lama. Through this candle light vigil, we also hope to create greater awareness about the Panchen Lama and heighten the urgency in calling for his release.
It has now been 23 years since the Chinese authorities forcefully took the then six-year old reincarnated lama into custody, along with Chadrel Rinpoche, the then- Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile, and the Panchen Lama's family. Since then the world has had no concrete proof or information about their whereabouts and well being.
SPRING FUNDRAISER April 13-15, 2018
The Cowper Inn, 705 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, California
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The following summary was prepared by Paula Fouce, Honorary PLTLP Board Member, December 30, 2017.
Dear PLTLP Community,
I traveled to Tashi Lhunpo a few weeks ago with Khen Rinpoche and a few other PLTLP benefactors. I can report that the Library is massive and really coming along rapidly. It should be finished by this coming Fall 2018.
We were blessed to have a conversation with His Holiness Dalai Lama while at the monastery. He told a group of us that the new Tashi Lhunpo Library is very important because the knowledge studied there will be passed on into the future and kept alive. The new Library has a designated archive where ancient texts (including those about His Holiness Panchen Lama, and of the Panchen Lama) will be preserved and eventually translated for posterity. There is also a Science Center and a Computer Lab.
The Library is very lovely and has space for many monks to study. It overlooks a big grove of trees that have been planted to produce lumber and provide future income. A stone facade is on the exterior of the building which will prevent it from needing to be painted continually. The Library is traditional Tibetan style on the outside, but when you step in, it will be very modern, with gleaming white tile floors and elevators for its three levels. The wood is being purchased and workers will come to the area to make the needed furniture - desks and tables - as this is the cheapest and best option for the interior.
It is truly inspiring. The Library will be open to and available to be used by all the lay people of the area in addition to all the monks from other monasteries in the surrounding countryside. This center of learning will uplift the entire community. As the large cities in India now have a great deal of smog and crowding, Bylakuppe still offers clean air, a trash free environment, and a peaceful respite from the overwhelming traffic that exists in places like Bangalore and New Delhi. The sky is blue here; lovely birds fly around and organic vegetables and papayas are growing in the garden.
Best wishes to all for a blessed New Year,
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile sends 2018 new year message
Dear Mrs. Adrienne La,
Hope this letter finds you in good health and enthusiastic spirits in preparation for the oncoming New Year 2018. We the monastic members of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the team of the Tashi Lhunpo Library Project would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe, healthy and prosperous new year - May you gather much merit and happiness in 2018!
It has been only 2 years since we started our ambitious project and we have made remarkable progress in the construction of the new library building, all this would have been impossible without your generous and wholehearted support. The external building is completely ready now and many more months of interior work is left. Furnishing and procuring titles for this vast library is another huge task now and with the goodwill and generosity of our friends and supporters we hope to complete all this by next year. We look forward to keep you updated on all our progress and also keep you all in our prayers!
With Blessings & Best of Wishes,
Kachen Tamchos and Jampa Lama
PLTLP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH A NEW WEBSITE
Dear PLTLP Community,
It is with great appreciation that I can announce that our new website is now ‘live’. Thanks to Mary Dautricourt, a web designer who volunteered countless hours to redesign and bring to life our new platform, offering increased functionality and cell phone compatibility. Please explore and enjoy it. If your contact information has changed, please take a moment to subscribe to the newsletter with your current email address it so we can keep you updated on current events.
2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the Panchen Lama Tashi Lhunpo Project. Our accomplishments are many. Khen Rinpoche’s tireless efforts to bring the message of loving kindness and compassion to every occasion has inspired so many people and organizations to give generously to help rebuild Tashi Lhunpo to its former greatness, preserving its traditions, expanding its capacity to accommodate more monks in completing their Geshe Degree and praying for the return of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, to his rightful seat. The Prayer/Assembly Hall has been completed now for two years, and the construction of the new Library is nearing completion, with a current focus on the interior aspects, adding computers, lighting, and all the other furnishings needed to support the spiritual and scholastic work of the monastery.
We have been blessed by so many benefactors and our prayers and thanks go out to everyone who has attended a teaching, a prayer or chanting session, a concert or museum talk… each and every occasion an opportunity to bring the message of the incredible importance of Tashi Lhunpo to our communities and to practice Buddhist principles of lovingkindness, generosity, and bodhichitta.
As we come to the end of the year, we are grateful that Khen Rinpoche has been able to travel in India with one of PLTLP’s benefactors and his family. The Dalai Lama will be offering teachings at Sera Je and Sera Mey Monasteries in Bylakuppe on December 20 and 21 (the schedule taken from the Dalai Lama’s website). Then on December 22 he will meet with Khen Rinpoche and philanthropist Ronn Bailey, along with Paula Fouce, a longtime member of the PLTLP Board. Words are inadequate to express our happiness for this very special opportunity and blessing.
Tashi Lhunpo in exile is grateful for your kind and loving attention. We pray you continue to hold Tashi Lhunpo in your hearts and minds and will provide ongoing support. This year our hope is to grow the number of donors who will contribute on a monthly basis for predictable sustainable funding of monastery needs. Please donate as generously as you are able.
With Blessings from the Three Jewels,
Adrienne Moberly Vilaubi, Executive Director, Panchen Lama Tashi Lhunpo Project
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