Kashag urges all Tibetans to dedicate Chenrezig mantra on His Holiness’ 86th birthday
Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma) 5/7/21
On the celebration of H H The dalai lama’s 86 th birthday The Tibetan government official said, “ the Central Tibetan Administration will be holding an official function on the auspicious occasion of "His Holiness the Dalai Lama 86th birthday" on Tuesday, 6th July 2021 at 09:00hrs at Sikyong Hall, Gangchen Kyishong, in Upper Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh. The limited guests are allowed to attend the event by following the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh.”
The Kashag ( the advisory board of the Tibetan government-in-exile) has issued an advisory yesterday evening for the most-awaited ‘Trungkar’ celebration, the 86th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 6 July, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.( Trungkar is the Tibetan word for 'Dalai lama 's birthday' celebrated on June 21, according to the Tibetan calendar, and July 6, according to the Western calendar)
A Tibetan spokesperson said that in accordance with the Himachal Pradesh government issued guidelines and SOPs for social gatherings with restriction upto 50 people, Kashag Secretariat directed all monasteries and settlements to avoid congregation of public and instead, mark the day as per traditions: offering of the mandala and white scarves to the portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“Most importantly, it has urged all Tibetans to recite the Chenrezig mantra, Om Mani Padme Hung, over 1000 times to be dedicated on His Holiness’ birthday,” spokesperson said.
The six-syllable mantra is associated with the Bodhisattva of compassion and the patron saint of Tibet, Chenrezig. For Tibetans, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the human manifestation of Chenrezig.
Every year, Trungkar is celebrated with grandeur, glory and festive spirit unlike any other. This year also, the day will be celebrated with the same fervour, but in a Covid-appropriate manner.
In view of the ongoing efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, CTA will broadcast the official Trungkar celebration via Tibet TV for all to join virtually from the safety of their homes.
“Due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic safety protocols issued by the Government of Himachal Pradesh, Tsuglagkhang( residence of Dalai Lama) is closed for visitors. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, since last February 2020 has cancelled all his public engagements. Since May 2020 he has been giving weekly public talks and discussions with scientists, scholars. Last year, over 60 million people watched these events, public talks that were translated into 14-16 languages,” says Tseten S Chhoekyapa, Secretary, Dalai Lama’s private office.
Chhoekyapa said, “No Public Celebration to be attended by H H The Dalai Lama.His Office will release Dalai Lama’s message Tomorrow Morning.”
The 14th Dalai Lama , known as Tenzin Gyatso, (Born on 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama, the highest spiritual leader of Tibet, and a retired political leader of Tibet.
The central government of Tibet invested the Dalai Lama with temporal duties until his exile in 1959. On April 29, 1959, the Dalai Lama established the independent Tibetan government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration, in the north Indian hill station of Mussoorie, which then moved in May 1960 to Dharamsala, where he resides. He retired as political head in 2011 to make way for a democratic government.
The Dalai Lama is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1989, and the US Congressional Gold Medal in 2006. Time magazine named the Dalai Lama one of the "Children of Mahatma Gandhi" and Gandhi's spiritual heir to nonviolence.