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Tibetan and Japanese Offer Tenshug Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

January 25, 2010

Tibet House Japan
January 23, 2010

Tokyo -- Around forty Tibetan and Japanese
gathered at Gokukuji, a popular Buddhist temple
in Tokyo to offer Tenshug [Long life prayer] for
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the supreme
spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan people.
Tibetan community in Japan organized the prayer
ceremony to compliment the grand ceremony on the
same day in the exile Diaspora, Dharamsala, India and abroad.

Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of Liaison
Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama welcomed
the participants and dwelt on the importance of
the ceremony, and essential nature of HIs
Holiness' teaching for World peace and harmony.
He lamented the earth quack disaster in Haiti,
and said, "May our prayer also help the victims
in finding relief and their return back to normal life at the earliest."

The two hours prayer ceremony begun with the
Representative Lhakpa Tshoko presenting
prostration and traditional Tibetan scarf to the
picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the
altar, followed by offerings of Buddha statue,
scripture and stupa; representation of Body,
speech and mind [Ku, sung, thuk] of the Buddha.
Prayer session was done with supplication and
praise of Tara [Jetsun Dolma] and her mantra as the main recitations.

Gokokuji Temple's Ven. Izawa and the monks
offered tea and mochi [Japanese rice cake] to the
participants at the end of the prayer. Mr.
Kalsang Dhondup, Representative of the Tibetan
community in his closing remark, thanked the
participants and Gokokuji Temple for their whole
hearted support in organizing the Tenshug
ceremony, and requested for their continued
support in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's effort
in propagating peace and harmony around the World.
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