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Biking for Panchen Lama in Minnesota

April 28, 2009

by Sangay Taythi
April 27, 2009

Minnesota, April 27 -- As the birthday of XIth
Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima was observed
worldwide Saturday Tibetans and supporters in
Minnesota raised awareness on his abduction by
the Chinese government in 1995, with a bike rally.

The 25 mile bike rally was carried out from the
Minnesota’s State Capitol towards Downtown Minneapolis.

Panchen Lama’s abduction reaffirms the fact that
the Chinese still hold oppressive rule over Tibet
where religious and political freedoms are
constantly in jeopardy, said a press release issued by the organizers.

Leading about 50 bikers including women and
children was Rinpo Lama, who had previously
participated in many bike campaigns and most
recently, did a prostration campaign on the 50th
anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising this past March.

As the bikers arrived in Downtown Minneapolis,
they were greeted by several Tibetans and
supporters who held banners and placards along
the side of the road. Followed by speeches from
prominent members of the Minnesota Tibetan
community, a Vigil was then observed with prayers
for the Panchen Lama and for Tibetans inside of
Tibet who continue to live under the brutal occupation the Chinese government.

An awareness concert was later held at a
restaurant and bar in Downtown Minneapolis. The
new and emerging Tibetan Rock band, Melong and
other artists such as Daniel Heavens, Tony Criss
and the Richard Lewis Band entertained the crowd
soon after monks from the Gyuto Dharma Center
opened with sacred Buddhist chants. Christopher
Childs, an environmentalist and author then gave
a speech to the public and voiced his support for
the Tibetan cause. Documentaries about the Panhen Lama were also screened.
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