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Tibetan Spiritual Festival in Tokyo

May 14, 2009

Tibet House JAPAN, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
May 13, 2009

Tibet House Japan organized a Five-day Tibetan
Spiritual Festival from 1st to 5th May at
Japanese Buddhist temple, Joenji in Shinjuku,
Tokyo. Nine monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in
South India headed by Ven Kachen Lobsang Sherab
visited Japan for the festival. This was the
first of the series of cultural and religious
tour organized by Tibet House Japan. The festival
at Tokyo was planned to coincid with the Golden week holiday in Japan.

Mr. Lhakpa Tshoko, Representative of Liaison
Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the
inaugural function welcomed the Japanese visitors
and spoke about the rich Buddhist cultural
heritage of Tibet, and informed the gathering
that this rich culture is on the verge of
extinction in Tibet because of Chinese policy.
Mr. Hiraoka, President of Seifu Gakuen School,
and Mr. Ohashi, a noted brain scientist welcomed
the audience and spoke on their experiences with
Tibetans religious culture from the Japanese perspective.

The monks drew Avaloktesvara`s sandmandala,
teaching on Buddhism and meditation was conducted
on daily basis. Cham, Tibetan religious dance was
performed. Around three to five hundred people
visited the Festival site on daily basis.

The Japanese public greatly appreciated the
festival, many said that the festival enabled
them to see Sandmandala with their own eyes and
hear Buddhist teaching directly from Tibetan
lama. Many Tibetans in Tokyo also participated
and helped in making butter tea and serving it to
the visitors. More than thirty Japanese
volunteers helped during the festival in various capacities.

Many Japanese volunteers and visitors came in
Tibetan dress, chupas. The atmosphere at Joen
Temple with colorful Tibetan prayer flags gave
Tokyoite an enlightening spiritual experience during this Golden Week holiday.

The Tashi Lhunpo Monks will tour Nagano, Hokkaido
and Kyushu to perform various cultural and
religious activities. Mr. Lungtok, Cultural &
Information Officer of Tibet House will accompany
them to coordinate the Festivals.

Mr. Lungtok can be contacted at:090-3546-1735
www.tibethouse.jp
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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