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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Attends Religious Ceremonies on Tibetan New Year

February 15, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 14, 2010

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
presided over religious ceremonies at the main
Buddhist temple in Dharamshala this morning,
marking Losar or the "Year 2137 of the
Iron-Tiger" of Tibetan calender. (click here for audio and video webcast)

Later, His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered a
brief address to thousands of Tibetans gathered for the ceremony.

His Holiness offered greetings to Tibetans living
inside and outside Tibet and people of the
Himalayan region who share same culture and
religion as Tibetans. His Holiness extended his
good wishes and gratitude to the international
community for taking interest in and supporting the just cause of Tibetans.

"Despite facing great problems in Tibet for many
years, the Tibetan people living inside have
shown indomitable courage and sincerity in
standing up to the situation," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness said "Tibetans in living in many
parts of Tibet are marking the year as a year of
remembrance of Tibetan people's suffering,"
adding that "they refrain from festivities during
the Losar." With such sentiments of our brethren
in Tibet, His Holiness advised Tibetans to offer
prayers by engaging in religious ceremonies and eschew festive celebrations."

His Holiness "reminds Tibetans living in the free
world, not to forget the critical situation in
Tibet". "The Tibetans in exile must keep up their
sincerity and courage like their brethren in Tibet," His Holiness added.

Speaking of education, His Holiness "urged
Tibetans, Mongolians and the people of Himalayan
region to put more efforts in education, and to
excel in the study of Tibetan Buddhism". His
Holiness "underlined the study of Tibet's unique
secular education, particularly the philosophy of religion".

  His Holiness the Dalai Lama leads an early
morning prayer ceremony in Dharamsala, India, on 14 February 2010

The day began at 7:00 am with an early morning
ceremony of offering prayers and ceremonial
cake(Tse-Tor) to goddess Palden Lhamo, the
supreme hierarchy of Dharma protectors. The abbot
of Namgyal Monastery offered Mendel Tensum,
auspicious offerings to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. The officials of the Central Tibetan
Administration, including the chief justice
commissioner, justice commissioners, speaker and
members of Tibetan Parliament, Kalon Tripa Prof
Samdhong Rinpoche and members of the Kashag, were present.

This is was followed by another prayer service in
the main shrine hall, during which the abbot of
Namgyal Monastery, the chief justice
commissioner, speaker of the Tibetan Parliament
and Kalon Tripa, presented auspicious offerings
to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A group of monks
participated in a religious debate.
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