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Tawang Set to Welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama

November 8, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 6, 2009

Dharamshala -- The historic Galden Namgyal
Lhatse, populary known as Tawang Monastery,
located in India's north-eastern state of
Arunachal Pradesh, has got a facelift and adorned
with welcome banners to receive His Holiness the
Dalai Lama due to arrive on Sunday, according to media reports.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Arunachal
Pradesh from 8-13 November, during which he will
give religious teachings at Tawang, Dirang and
Bombila. His Holiness will also inaugurate a
super-speciality hospital at Tawang.

It will be the fifth visit of His Holiness to the
Indian Himalayan state, earlier he visited in 1959, 1996, 1997 and 2003.

Tsona Gontsa Rinpoche, a senior Buddhist
spiritual leader and chairperson of the
state-level reception committee, said
preparations are almost complete with 700 to 800
monks all set to give His Holiness the Dalai Lama a religious welcome.

T G Rinpoche is overseeing preparations at the
Tawang monastery and also at a school playground
here where His Holiness the Dalai Lama will hold
a three-day religious discourse from Monday.

Monasteries in Tawang are also conducting special
prayers for a successful visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

'The entire town and the monastery have got a
facelift. Devotees are excited about the Dalai
Lama's visit,' T G Rinpoche was quoted as saying by Indo Asian News Service.

The Tawang monastery was established in mid-17th
century by Mera Lama, a contemporary of the Great
fifth Dalai Lama. The monastery is a virtual
treasure trove of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The
Parkhang hall within the monastery has a library
that houses a good collection of rare Buddhist
manuscripts and thanka paintings (traditional Tibetan paintings on cloth).

The sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso, was born
1683 at Urgelling Monastery, 5 km from Tawang.
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