Prayer service in honour of Panchen Rinpoche
On 17th May 2011, the Women’s Association in Switzerland organized a special prayer service at the monastery of Rikon for the well-being of His Holiness the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun choekyi Nyima and his family. The prayer ceremony began at 9:30 with an attendance of around 80 people from different parts of Switzerland. The prayer service was led by the new Abbot, Geshe Thupten Lekmon la. The gathering also paid tribute to and honored those brave men and women who sacrificed their life for the cause of Tibet.
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognized at age six by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of 10th Panchen lama. He is also one of Tibet’s most important religious leaders. Determined to control religion in Tibet, the Chinese authorities kidnapped this young boy and his family on 17th May, 1995 just days after he was recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama. To-date their well-being and where abouts remain unconfirmed. Photos..
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