Mindrolling Holds Special Prayer Ceremony

Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published on: 2 December 2012

Mindrolling holds special prayer ceremony

Mindrolling Monastery honored and commemorated the selfless sacrifice of the 90 brave Tibetans who laid down their lives through self-immolation in Tibet.

On the auspicious full moon day of the 10th Lunar month of year of the Water Dragon (November 28, 2012), the Mindrolling Monastery organized a prayer ceremony to commemorate the selfless sacrifice of the 90 brave Tibetans who laid down their lives through self-immolation for Tibet’s Freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. The prayer ceremony was presided by H.E. Penam Rinpoche, H.E. Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche and Ven. Tulku Lhundrub Tengay of Mindrolling.

Monks offering butter lamp offerings

Mr. Tinlay Jigme, the Tibetan Welfare Officer for the State of Uttarakhand, also graced the gathering with his presence along with almost 1500 Tulkus, Khenpos, Monks, Nuns and lay people from Dondrub Ling Colony in Clement Town and neighboring areas.

The ceremony began with offerings made to the throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, followed by the entire gathering observing a minute of silence as a mark of respect to all the brave martyrs of Tibet.

Dedon Tinlay Jigme la addressed the entire gathering and expressed deep respect for the courageous men and women who have since 2009 offered their own lives through self-immolation for the freedom of Tibet. He called on everyone to support their selfless actions by understanding the lack of human right situation in Tibet and the need to demand freedom.

The assembly of more than 1500 people recited numerous prayers, lit candles, circumambulated the Great Stupa, and offered khatags to the throne of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the photographs of the brave martyrs of Tibet. Thousands of butter lamps, candles and flower offerings were made by the monastery and hundreds of people reciting prayers continued to circumambulate the great Mindrolling Stupa for Peace through the night dedicating their thoughts and prayers for the 90 brave Tibetans whose selfless offering for their country will always be remembered.

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Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche offering Khatags at the shrine where the photographs of the many martyrs were placed

Lama Tenkyab la welcoming everyone and making the opening remarks

Hundreds of monks and nuns were in attendance

Mr. Tinlay Jigme la, the Tibetan Welfare Officer for the State of Uttarakhand

Dedon Tinlay Jigme la speaking about human rights violations in Tibet

Monks of Mindrolling offering tea and snacks to everyone in attendance

The gathered assembly of monks from Mindrolling and other neighboring monasteries

Her Eminence Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, His Eminence Penam Rinpoche and Ven. Tulku Lhundub Tengay presiding over the prayer ceremony

The throne of His Holiness and the vast array of offerings and butter lamps

The prayer ceremony was attended by many young people and local residents of the Tibetan settlements

Monks of Mindrolling at the Monlam-prayer ceremony

The prayer ceremony continued through the late evening

Thousands of lamps being lit

Nuns and monks reciting aspiration prayers while thousands of lamps and candles are lit

Hundreds sat well into the cold night reciting prayers with lit candles

At the conclusion, everyone circumambulated the Great Stupa with the candle offering

Dorje Lopön Jurchod la with the Umze of Mindrolling—Ven. Tulku Ngawang Jigdral Kunga laand senior teacher of liturgies Thinley
Gyaltsen la

Butter lamps offered along with many prayers and aspirations

Photo Credits: ©2012 Mindrolling International