Prayer cum Function to mark the 26th Birthday of Gedun Choekyi Nyima (Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten)

Prayer cum Function to mark the 26th Birthday of Gedun Choekyi Nyima (Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten)

25th April 2015: A function and a lifelong prayer was held at TCV School Suja to mark the 26th Birthday of Panchen Rinpoche Gendun Choekyi Nyima. Similar functions were being held today in every Tibetan community and various NGOs were doing various signature campaigns and sending petition for a quick release of Gendun Choekyi Nyima. Here in school, The function was organized by the school Human Rights club. A life size oil painting of Panchen Rinpoche was placed on the throne amidst the murals and banners which had adorned the open stage. Led by the school religious teacher, a sangsol prayer began and after that both the staff and students had incense burning ceremony. The students of the Human Rights Club welcomed and introduced this important day. One of the students spoke on all the contributions made by the 10th Panchen Lama and the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 when he was just 5 years old. The speakers also talked about the Human Rights violation inside Tibet by the Communist China in great length. The smoke from the incense hovered around the venue and the sun was pouring in its heat. There were charts carrying various quotations of Panchen Lama displayed at all corners. The students braved the heat and sat attentively. During the function, the result of the essays and the painting competition held a couple of days back, was announced by the organizers. The school Director gave away the prizes to the position holders.

Staff and students gather on ground for Sangsol on 26th Birthday of Gedun Choekyi Nyima ( Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten)

Staff and students gather on ground for Sangsol on 26th Birthday of Gedun Choekyi Nyima ( Photo: Gen Ngawang Tseten)

The school Director also addressed the gathering. He made everybody feel the pain and suffering of 11th Panchen Lama, who was abducted right from the age of 5 and separated from his parents, making him the world’s youngest political prisoner. He reminded all to be a real spokesperson for the Tibetans inside Tibet who have been placing lots of hope upon the exile brothers and sisters. In between his talk, he had to raise his voice pitch when he recalled the comfortable life the youth in exile were having, which he feared would gradually forget our ultimate goal. He concluded by requesting the students to put effort in their studies and staff members to discharge their duties with full dedication.

The school Headmaster Mr. Tenzin Dorjee la gave a final vote of thanks and the function concluded with the singing of our national anthem. After the function, both the staff and students were seen reading the literatures, essays and quotations of Panchen Lama displayed all around the function venue. The school Human Rights Club had also arranged one discussion on life and contribution of Panchen Lama in the school hall.

 

 

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