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Monks observe silver jubilee of Buddhist institute in Sikkim

June 18, 2008

The Statesman (India)
June 16, 2008

GANGTOK, Sikkim, June 16 -- Over 5,000 monks congregated today to
observe the silver jubilee celebration of the Karma Shri Nalanda
Institute, an institute for Buddhist higher studies institute located
at Rumtek about 24 km from Gangtok. The institute is affiliated to
the Sampuranand Sanskrit University, Varanasi.

Monks from Nepal, Bhutan and different parts of the country have
assembled to observe the 25th anniversary celebrations of the institute.

A two-day celebration to commemorate the event began yesterday and
continued today at the institute's main hall with recitation of
prayers in Sanskrit and Tibetan by Rinpoches (gurus) and monks.
Messages from the Governor Mr Sudarshan Agarwal, Chief Minister Mr
Pawan Chamling and other great Rinpoche's including the Dalai Lama
and the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorji were read out in the hall.

The caretaker of the monastery Goshir Gyaltshab Rimpoche and also the
director of Nalanda Institute presided over the function along with
the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Mr DN Thakarpa as
chief guest of the function.
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