Today is the 29th birth anniversary of the 11th Panchen Lama. Tibetans all over the world remember this day with so much pain. World wants to know about this great Lama but nobody has a clue.

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20180425_085810Panchen Lama is considered one of the most important lamas in Tibetan Buddhism especially in Gelug sect.  And the late Panchen Lama was not just a spiritual guide but an ardent revolutionist too. There were lot of controversies and misunderstandings surrounding the 10th Panchen Lama. But most Tibetans approach him as a hero. He not just stayed back in Tibet but also gave his life to the preservation of Tibetan Language, culture, religion and rights for Tibetans in Tibet.  The 11th Panchen Lama was abducted by Chinese government as early as when he was six years. Since then, the whereabouts of him and his family are unknown to the world. Tibetans in exile has been trying to raise their voice in various national and international platforms for many years now but the situation is as bad as it was before.

 

 

TCV Suja observed his birthday by holding a long life prayer for the present Panchen Lama and remembering the greatness of the 10th Panchen Lama. At junior section, the children and teachers gathered in the hall for the morning assembly and the main program was held. Under the guidance of Tibetan teacher Mr. Jamgon la, two girls from class VI headed the morning assembly. They started by educating the gathering about the day and its importance. They narrated to the students about what happened to the present Panchen Lama and reminded the children about their moral duties towards the situation. After their introduction, a musical tribute was played to the gathering. A Tibetan video song titled ‘Panchen Rinpoche Drenlu’ sung by singer Lobsang Tsering was played for the audience. After that followed class-wise recitation of Tibetan poetry remembering His Holiness the Panchen Rinpoche. Some students of class IV D presented heart touching self-composed stanza on His Holiness the Panchen Lama. It left the audience with heavy hearts.

All Tibetans hope and pray for his freedom and yearn to seek his blessings.

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