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April 25 – May 1, 2008, Rinpo Lama embarks on a Prostration Campaign

April 30, 2008

RTYC Minnesota
April 28, 2008

‘At 9 a.m. on Friday, April 25 – Gedhun Choekyi Nyima’s nineteenth
birthday – Bloomington resident and Tibetan expatriate Rinpo Lama began
a seven-day, traditional Tibetan prostration pilgrimage from State
Capitol, St. Paul to Minneapolis to honor the Panchen Lama; to draw
public attention to the plight of Tibetans in their own country; and to
raise public awareness that allowing the Olympic torch, which is
supposed to symbolize fairness and decency, to pass through Tibet is to
add insult to irony.

In accord with the philosophy of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans believe in
pressing the issue of justice for Tibet and Tibetans by nonviolent,
creative means.  Rinpo Lama has elected to employ the traditional
Tibetan form of pilgrimage, prostration – unfamiliar to most
Minnesotans, but well-known to all Tibetans – in the hope of awakening
the people of his adopted state to the cause of Tibet, and the cause of
rescuing the Panchen Lama.  Between April 25 and May 1, Rinpo will
journey for part of each day from the Minnesota Capitol to Minneapolis
City Hall by laying his body down, one body length at a time.

Rinpo Lama is known nationally for his long-distance bicycle rides for
the Tibetan cause, from a solo journey from Minnesota to Washington in
2000 to a group ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles earlier this
month.’ (Rinpo’s Press Release)

Daily Update:

Day 1: 9:00AM – 6:00PM, April 25, Friday: With a prayer for Panchen
Lama’s release and freedom and justice for Tibet, Rinpo Lama began the
prostration at the State Capitol. Despite the rainy, windy and sometimes
freezing weather, Rinpo prostrated along the University Ave. W and
stopped at Lexington Parkway. He covered 2.5 Miles in 9 hrs. Rinpo and
his cause was featured in St. Paul’s Pioneer Press newspaper.

Day 2: 12:00Noon – 6:00PM, April 26, Saturday: Exhausted yet undaunted
from the first day of personal campaign, Rinpo resumed prostration in
yet another windy and rainy day at Lexington Parkway and stopped at
Prior Ave covering 1.6 miles in 6hrs.

Day 3: 10:00AM – 5:00PM, April 27, Sunday: Rinpo covered about 2.2 miles
ending at 25th St. SE from Prior Ave officially entering well into
Minneapolis territory. Ending the day just short of University of
Minnesota campus, he was greeted by Ms. Namgyal Taklha who was escorted
by Thinly Woser, President of Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota.

Day 4: 4:30PM – 6:30PM, April 28, Monday:  Heading straight from work
after an 8 hour shift, Rinpo resumed prostration along University Ave
and then onto Washington Ave and made his way through the University of
Minnesota campus. He stopped at Washington Ave and Pleasant Street and
covered exactly 1 mile in 2 hours.

Day 5: 4:00PM - ???, April 29, Tuesday: Once again Rinpo will continue
at 4:00PM after work and start at University Ave and 15th Ave SE to
avoid the fast track Washington Ave bridge for safety and traffic reason.

Day 6: 4:00PM -???, April 30, Wednesday: Following through Washington
Ave, Rinpo hopes to make it at City Hall and meet with Mayor RT Rybak.
Not only Rinpo has  to shorten by a day due to Mayor’s non- availability
on Thursday, he now has to race to finish to meet the mayor if possible.
  Tibetan community is advised to come and show support. A candle light
vigil is also being planned and RTYC hopes to bring you the messages as
we receive the update from Rinpo’s Prostration coordinator, Namgyal Rabten.

Special mentions:        Former RTYC executive members Namgyal Rabten,
Samten Suitsang, Penpa Kura and few others are on the team carrying
placards, flyers and the Tibetan National flag. Namgyal is the
coordinator. He can be reached at if you want to
know more about Rinpo and his prostration campaign. Rinpo Lama can be
contacted at 612-205-0026.

Stay Tuned for more concrete information about the timing of Rinpo’s
arrival and meeting with Mayor Rybak should it happen.
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