Celebration of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama`s 84th Birthday in Switzerland

Rikon/Winterthur: On 6th July 2019, Tibetan Community of Switzerland & Liechtenstein organized 84th Birthday Celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Rikon Tibet Institute in the morning and later at Eulachhalle, Winterthur.

The Programme began at 9.30 am at Rikon Tibet Institute. A portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was brought inside the Temple and placed on the throne, from where His Holiness gave teachings during his earlier visits in Rikon Tibet Institute. Chanting of Buddhist prayers and rituals offerings were led by Khen Rinpoche and Monk. The people and the dignitaries prayed for his Holiness the Dalai Lama`s long life and for the wellbeing of all sentient beings.

The guests and the devotees offered Khatak to the Portrait of His Holiness and received blessing. The religious ceremony was successfully ended with a Sangsol (Incense Offering) led by Khen Rinpoche and the monks.

At about 12.30 pm started the main Ceremony at Eulachhalle, Winterthur by welcoming a portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the altar on the stage with Dhung and Gyaling. Offering of Mandala to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his long Life and well being was done. Tibetan National Anthem led by Swiss Dhoekar(Tibetan Folklore Ensemble of Switzerland) followed by a minute of Silence for all the Martyrs of Tibet was observed.
Dignitaries present on the ceremony includes Ven Thupten Legmen, Khen Rinpoche (Abbot of Rikon Tibet Institute); Mr Chiimey Rigzen, Representative of Tibet Bureau, Geneva; Mr Samdho Jampa, Europe Chitue; former Chitues; Mr Thomas Büchli, President of Swiss Tibetan Friendship association; Members of Swiss Parliamentary Group for Tibet; Mr. Niklaus Gugger and Mr.Fabian Molina; and Representatives of various NGOs. More than 2000 people attended the Ceremony in high spirit.

Mr. Tsamda Norbu, President of Tibetan Community of Switzerland opened the Ceremony with a welcome Speech. The official statement of Kashag (Central Tibetan Administration Dharamsala) on this special occasion was read by Mr. Chimmey Rigzen, Representative of Tibet Bureau, and Geneva. Europe Chitue Mr. Samdho Jampa read the official statement of Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

President of Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association/Secretary of the Swiss parliamentary Group of Tibet, Mr. Thomas Büchli; Ven Thupten Legmen, Abbot of Tibet Institute Rikon, Mr. Niklaus Gugger, EVP, Winterthur/member of the Swiss Parliamentary Group for Tibet and Mr. Fabian Molina, SP Zürich, Member of Swiss Parliamentary Group for Tibet, they all spoke and greeted the public.
Swiss Dhoekar,Tibetan Folklore Ensemble, three Provinces of Tibet, Weekend Tibetan Language School Children, all the Associations and sections in the Switzerland performed varieties of lively cultural Programs on the auspicious occasion. At the end the stage was open for Gorshay, led by Nelung Tsering Topden, it lasted till 11 pm. After the Gorshay, disco was also organized for the youth.

The ceremony concluded successfully with the vote of thanks by Mr. Chokchampa Phuntsok , Vice President of Tibetan Community of Switzerland & Liechtenstein.

Tibetans all around the world celebrated His Holiness the Dalai Lama`s 84th Birthday with full swing and joy.

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The manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born on 6th July 1935 to a peasant family in Taktser village in the Amdo region of Tibet. His Holiness the great was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama when he was two years old. He was enthroned to the status when he turned five, was compelled to take over both the spiritual and political responsibility of Tibet at the tender age of sixteen and unfortunately led to his flight into exile in India in 1959, at the age of twenty four due to Chinese illegal invasion of Tibet.

Today, 60 years in exile, Tibetan cultural identity has been revived and preserved, a full-fledged democratic Central Tibetan Administration has been established, and the spirit of Tibetans in Tibet and all over the world remain strong and united. Tibet cause found its voice and support throughout the globe and the Middle Way Approach in resolving the Tibet issue through dialogue continues to be widely supported by many countries. All these milestones were achieved only through His Holiness the Dalai Lamas tireless endeavors surmounting all the hardships through his wise and able leadership.

The contribution made and noble deeds done by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan People in particular and the world in general are humongous. His message of developing ones inner value, peace and compassion, universal responsibility, spread across the world is beneficial to people from all the walks of life in this world.

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