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Tibet Festival in Thailand Gets Underway

March 7, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration
March 6, 2010

Bangkok -- A five-day "Festival of Tibetan
Spirituality, Art and Culture - From Himalayas to
Chaophya River", the first of its kind, kicked
off yesterday at 6 pm (local time), 5th March
2010, at Thailand's Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC).

Hours before the inaugural function, group of old
women, who were all Chinese, came in front of the
venue to disrupt the opening ceremony. When
asked, they seem to have no idea what is going on
and simply gathered here following telephone call
from the Chinese Embassy. However, later on they
did make some slogans but we manage to settle it
peacefully, Tenzin Losel, an event coordinator said.

Ajarn Sulak Shivaraksha, Director of the
Sathirakoses-naga Pradipa Foundation, formally
inaugurated the festival amid hundreds of visitors.

In his three minutes special video message to the
festival, His Holiness the Dalai Lama thanked the
organisers and people of Thailand for their
support and highlighted that both Thai and
Tibetan people share the same teachings of Lord Buddha.

Nineteen artistes from the Tibetan Institute of
Performing Arts, 7 monks from Gudmey Monastery in
Hunsur, South India, 2 doctors from the Tibetan
Medical & Astro Institute and Geshey Dorjee
Damdul from the Tibet House, New Delhi, took part in the festival.

The festival showcases every aspect of Tibetan
art, culture, music and Buddhism, which includes
cultural performances and demonstration of sand
mandala and butter sculpting, sacred Thangka
(scroll) painting and film screenings.

Kalon Tempa Tsering and Kasur Jestun Pema were to
preside over the festival but couldn't attend
since they were denied visa to visit Thailand.

The festival, organised by the Sathirakoses
Foundation, the Din Sor See Foundation and BACC, will run till 10 March.

--Report filed by Tenzin Losel from Bangkok, co-ordinator of the festival
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