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Tibetans Celebrate His Eminence Gyalwang Karmapa's 25th birthday

June 29, 2009

tibet.net  Saturday, 27 June 2009

Dharamshala: The 25th birthday celebration of His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of Kam-tsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan
Buddhism, was held yesterday (26 June) at his Gyuto Ramoche monastery near
Dharamsala.

The ceremony began with a prayer recitation presided over by Gyalwang
Karmapa.

Khen-Rinpoche, the head of Gyuto Ramoche Monastery, led the prayers and
performed a Mandala offering to Gyalwang Karmapa, followed by a long life
prayer (tenshug) offering.

Thousands of devotees from across the globe drove in at Gyuto monastery to
attend the celebration.

His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche led the second session of the prayer
ceremony, continuing the Mandala offering which was followed by a tenshug
offering.

Many venerable Rinpoches and representatives of the Central Tibetan
Administration presented Mendrel (auspicious offerings) and long life
prayers. On behalf of the Kashag, Gonpo Phuntsok, secretary of the
Department of Religion and Culture, offered greetings to Gyalwang Karmapa.

Other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Anyetsang Thubten Tashi,
Justice Commissioner, Sonam Damdul, Member of Parliament, Khorlatsang Sonam
Tobgyal, secretary, finance department, Nangsa Choedon, secretary, public
service commission and Tsering Phuntsok, representative officer of
Dharamsala.

The cake cutting ceremony was held later in the afternoon at around 5 p.m.
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