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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Nobel Prize Celebrated in Russia and Taiwan

December 15, 2010

TibetNet
Monday, 13 December 2010

Tibetans and supporters in Russia and Taiwan celebrated the 21st anniversary of the confernment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 
 His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) receives the Nobel Prize for Peace in Oslo, Norway, on 10 December 1989
DHARAMSHALA: The 21st anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama was celebrated in the capital of Russia on 10 December. The event was attended by Russian Dharma friends, Tibetans and traditional Buddhists of Burytia, Kalmykia and Tuva.
 
While addressing the gathering at the prayer hall of Tsongkapa Buddhist Center in Moscow, His Holiness' Representative Mr Nawang Rabgyal said: "His Holiness has been making tireless efforts to promote inner peace for world peace, non-violence, inter-religious harmony and universal responsibility. He is one of the shinning figures of the world. He has had travelled all continents of the world and wherever he travels, his objectives are always to promote his three main commitments."
 
One of the meaningful ways of celebrating the event, said Mr N Rabgyal, is to offer sincere prayers for His Holiness' long life and for success of his noble mission.

His introductory speech was followed by Tsog offering and prayers led by Ngawang Riglam, a former monk from Drepung Gomang. It was followed by screening a documentary film on His Holiness the Dalai Lama titled " I am a Buddhist Monk". Following this, photos of His Holiness from childhood to present were shown on video.

It was followed by songs in praise of His Holiness composed by two young Russian Buddhists and Tuvian lady.
 
Another event was held at Moscow Open Center. After the weekly teachings of Geshe Ngawang Thugjie, Dharma Teacher at Tibet Culture and Information Center, his students prayed for the long life of His Holiness and recited mantra of His Holiness. While introducing the event, Geshe N Thugjie spoke on the vision and activities of His Holiness, emphasising on three main commitments of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
 
The conferment of Nobel Peace Prize was also celebrated in Ulan Ude, capital of Buryat Republic. It was organised by Green Tara Center and Buryat Friends of Tibet, under the leadership of Dr Irina Urbanaeva (Ani Tenzin Chodron), who participated the recent 6th International Conference of Tibet Support Groups in India.
 
In Taiwan, the Tibetan Association in Taiwan organised a festive event at Chenreysig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taoyoun. The organiser hosted screening of Tibetan documentary films and a simple dinner to the visitors. About 60 Tibetans residing in and around Taoyoun City joined the celebration.

In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative Mr Dawa Tsering emphasised "the importance of unity among the Tibetan people and the need to work collectively towards the issue of Tibet".

He conveyed his appreciation to the Tibetan Association for organising the event and their continued efforts to bring together the small Tibetan community.

Mr Dawa Tsering offered Tibetan white ceremonial scarf (Khatak) to Mr Dachompa, the newly-elected president of the Tibetan Association, who is one of the most active member among the Tibetan community in Taiwan. Representative Mr Dawa also paid his deep appreciation to the outgoing president, Mr Jamga, who worked tirelessly for more than a year helping over hundred Tibetans in obtaining the legal documents to stay in Taiwan. 

On the same day Tibetans and Taiwanese supporters launched a 400 km "Walk for Tibet" from Taipei to Kaoshuing . The 13-day event is part of an effort to make the citizens of Taiwan aware of the situation in Tibet. It was also aimed at sharing the message of world peace, human rights and to gain support for the fundamental rights of Tibetans. All the walkers reached Taoyoun on the same evening and joined the Nobel Peace Prize day celebration.

Mr Dachompa, president of the Tibetan Association, thanked all the walkers and he also request more Tibetans to join the walk. After the brief function walkers were offered Khatak by members of Tibetan Association, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women's association. The walkers start their next leg of their walk from Taoyoun to Kaoshuing on 11 December 2010 and will reach the final destination Kaoshuing City in south of Taiwan on 22 December.
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