April 27, 2010 – Gyuto, Dharamsala
Today, during the first session of puja, Tibetans in Dharamsala and Jonang Monastery from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, offered Long Life prayers to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to observe the 50th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival to Dharamsala in 1960 from Mussoorie. The prayer was led, performed, and sponsored by Gyalwa Jonangpa. His Holiness Karmapa, monks, and the community of Dharamsala also participated in the puja.
The second session of puja was led and performed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the presence of His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa, dignitaries of Central Tibetan Administration, staffs, monks, nuns, lay people and many foreign sympathisers. The prayer began at 1 p.m. and lasted for two hours. The puja was a special prayer for Kyigudo Quake victims. Many lamas and members of the public participated in the puja, amounting to an assembly in the thousands.
Following the pujas, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjang Rinpoche paid His Holiness Karmapa a visit at his Gyuto residence.