Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit called off His Holiness turns 80

IMG 6966ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Dalai Lama’s proposed visit to Arunachal in November this year has been called off. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that lacs of people were preparing to welcome His Holiness to Arunachal. He invited His Holiness to visit Arunachal Pradesh at any later date so as to enable the people to receive his blessings.


He was addressing the 80th Birthday celebrations of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamshala today.
The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that there will be a Minister for Tibetan Affairs as a Nodal Minister for Tibetan issues in the State.
The Chief Minister also spoke about various measures taken by the Government for safeguarding the Tibetan heritage.
Tuki informed that this years’ allocation for the Department will be increased to Rs. 10 crore to furthering the activities of the Buddhist Culture.
“We are taking steps to strengthen the scope of the Department of Karmik and Adhyatmik Affairs (Chosrig) which was created to oversee the promotion and preservation of the ancient Buddhist heritage in our state. Along with other major works, we are also making efforts on the Bhoti language by initiating several training and awareness programmes for teachers and common people, he said.
We have been creating settlements as per the Government of India’s Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy of 2014 and taking necessary measures to create a conducive environment for their stay, Tuki said. There were some grievances related to basic minimum services and utilities which are being solved by my Government, the Chief Minister added.
On behalf of Arunachal Pradesh, Tuki presented a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni and a citation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his contribution to the humanity. The Central Tibetan Administration, Riwo Geden and the Dhomay Association jointly offered a long life prayer offering to the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday today as per the Tibetan lunar calendar.
Adorning the traditional yellow hat, the Tibetan spiritual leader accepted the mandala offering and citation from His Eminence Sakya Ghongma Rinpoche in the presence of the heads and representatives of the four traditions of the Tibetan Buddhism and Bon.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the gathering that the best birthday gift for him would be adherence to the teachings of Lord Buddha and continuation of being the custodian of the rich tradition. His Holiness said, adding that India is an example of a land where all major religious traditions coexisted for hundreds of years.
“India should be an example of religious tolerance, he said.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was also present on the occasion.
src: arunachal times

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