Dharamshala: Lhakpa Tsering, a Tibetan immigrant based in the USA, is facing problems getting from Chennai to Dharamala, India, as he attempts complete a world tour to raise awareness about Tibet.

Lhakpa set off from the UN building in New York on March 10 - the 51st Tibetan National Uprising Day - and travelled through 22 countries. He landed in Chennai from Melbourne on September 17, where his motorbike was impounded due to a problem with customs documentation.

On his website http://freetibetworldtour.com/ Lhakpa vowed to do everything in his power to continue his journey, writing, "I will use all my resource, and I will try my best not to leave India until I finish my tour. I spend next two days just to move the motorcycle from customs to storage while waiting for new documents to arrive."

Lhakpa's epic journey has taken in Australia, Japan, England, Canada and large parts of continental Europe, where he has canvassed support and spread the message about a free Tibet. Once his customs documentation is processed, he will complete the final leg of his tour by riding from Chennai to Dharamsala, via Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai and Delhi.

Dharamshala: Two Tibetan monks from Namgyal monastery, Dharamsala, yesterday (September 13) arrived in Toronto, Canada, to begin the month-long preparations of the new Tibetan-Canadian Cultural Centre (TCCC), ahead of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit in October.

Lobsang Tendar and Tenzin Kunchok will perform a range of special ceremonies at TCCC, which is currently being renovated with the assistance of 15 to 20 volunteers.

It is expected to take the team around a month of day shifts to complete the preparations, which include 'filling' three 13-foot statues of Lord Buddha, Padmasambhava and Avalokiteshvara, and one six-foot statue and 21 one-and-a-half-foot statues of Tara. Relics used to fill the statues will include mantra scrolls, incense and juniper leaves.

TCCC is a not-for-profit charity, dedicated to preserving and sharing Tibetan culture and traditions in Canada while fostering cross-cultural understanding through the practice of the Tibetan values of altruism, compassion and harmony.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will inaugurate the centre on October 23 as part of his North America tour.

For details of the centre and His Holiness' Canadian itinerary, visit www.dalailamatoronto2010.org

Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama concluded his teachings on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattava today (Septermber 9) and will perform the Avalokiteshvera initiation ceremony tomorrow.

The teachings today in Mcleodganj, north India, covered Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo's famous verses which guide the day-to-day practice of a Bodhisattava. The concise and clear nature of the text is commonly considered to make it accessible to Western audiences.

Tomorrow's ceremony will provide an opportunity for participants to commit to a set of practices which include striving to liberate all sentient beings from Samsara. His Holiness jokingly noted that, as he is often referred to as a trouble-maker, it seems a contradiction for him to confer an initiation where participants commit not to cause trouble.

The initiation ceremony starts at 9am tomorrow and can be viewed live at http://dalailama.com/liveweb

Dharamshala: A bill to increase the number of Tibetan members of parliament (MPs) from North America has been passed in the tenth session of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

Under the new legislation, a second MP will be elected from the US and Canada, in addition to Mr Tenzin Choeden, who presently serves in the post.

Mr Tenzin presented the proposal, saying the large population of over 30,000 Tibetans who reside in around 30 communities across North America necessitates two separate constituencies. "It will help the general public to meet and question the representatives elected from their own constituencies," he commented.

Madison, US: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has donated $50,000 from his personal trust to support research into the science behind kindness and compassion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.

According to an Associated Press report, the grant to the school's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds came after His Holiness
visited in May to promote its work.

The center's director Richard Davidson says the gift was completely unexpected and unsolicited, and that researchers are deeply honoured by His Holiness' support.

The center is looking into how healthy human qualities such as kindness, empathy and compassion are developed and might be nurtured.

Sponsored Advertisements
E-mail: editor@thetibetpost.com