December 30, 2010
His Holiness The Dalai Lama has pledged half of the $1,200,000 still needed to build a new Prayer Hall at Tashi Lhunpo in exile. He asked us to raise the other $600,000. Let’s match his generosity.
The Dalai Lama made his announcement at his residence in McLeod Ganj, December 30, 2010. This was the historic day of the long-life prayers by the monks from Tashi Lhunpo in exile for His Holiness and in remembrance of the 20 year passing of the 10th Panchen Lama. Below is a video with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, stating his generous pledge and support toward Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in exile.
The Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo in exile, Khen Rinpoche Kachen Geshe Lobzang Tsetan, brought some fifty monks from Bylakuppe for the ceremonies. Chants and rituals filled the Dalai Lama’s temple after an opening procession.
The PLTL Project was privileged to be included in the procession and the ceremonies as well as in a special audience with His Holiness.
He spoke about the importance of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in historic Tibet and the exile monastery as the seed for keeping the traditions and teachings alive. He pointed out that the existing Prayer Hall is too small and that a new and larger one is “very necessary.” “Study and practice” he said were the main responsibilities of the monks.
The Dalai Lama recounted several instances that showed the close relationship between him and the 9th and 10th Panchen Lamas. For instance, he pointed out that it was the Panchen Lama who first recognized him as the true Dalai Lama and it was the Panchen Lama who sent him a secret message saying he should escape Tibet by a certain date.
It was clear that whatever efforts may have been made from time to time by various parties to discredit the 10th Panchen Lama as a Tibetan patriot, these had not succeeded.
The missing 11th Panchen Lama was also featured in the exhibition and speeches, with a call for information on his whereabouts and for his safe return.
Hundreds if not thousands of Tibetans and a few foreigners were present throughout the day.
I had never been to Dharamasla and McLeod Ganj before. I didn’t really know what the arrangements for the ceremony would be, where to go, when etc. Yet it all worked out beautifully. Wonderful happening after wonderful happening unfolded, as it should be on such an auspicious day
President and Executive Director
The Panchen Lama –Tashi Lhunpo Project, Inc.