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Special Prayer Service Held in Dharamsala

Karmapa and Lobsang Sangay
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A special prayer service was held in Tsuk-Lag-Khang, Dharamsala, India on August 8, 2013 to mark the completion of two years since Lobsang Sangay took oath as the political leader of the Tibetan administration in exile. The 17th Karmapa, Ugen Trinley Dorjee led the prayers, while other prominent figures in the central Tibetan administration such as Kirti Rinpoche and Tromdog Rinpoche were also present among the thousands of Tibetans gathered there.

Lobsang Sangay lit the first lamp to pay homage and respect to those who sacrificed their lives to protest against China’s repressive policies towards Tibetans. Sangay’s lamp was among the thousands of lamps offered by the local Tibetans infront of images of the self-immolators.

The prayer service aimed to express gratitude to the Dalai Lama’s blessings, guidance of Tibet’s spiritual protector’s unwavering faith and support of the Tibetan people, and dedication of civil servants of the Central Tibetan Administration for their collective efforts in successfully carrying forward the Tibetan cause.

Sangay spoke about the strategies of the present Kashag (Tibetan Cabinet in Exile) for the last two years and its successes. He further added that he would put more effort in the Sino Tibet Dialogue, which has been at a dead-lock since 2008.

As his closing speech, Sangay urged Tibetans to recite the prayers the Dalai Lama has asked the Tibetans to recite during his retreat in Ladakh. Central Tibetan Administration is going to hold an official prayer on August 9, 2013 to recite prayers at Tsuk-lag-khang temple, Dharamsala, India.