Panchen Lama Holds Buddhist Services in Southern Tibet
07-24-2018    Xinhua
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, September 26, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Tibet</SPAN></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- The 11th Panchen Lama was welcomed on Saturday by ten thousand followers to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s Baiqoi Monastery where he held a Buddhist ritual.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Built in the early 15th century, the monastery, located in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Gyangze</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">County</st1:PlaceType> in southern <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region>, is one of the few holy places in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region> to embrace all sects of Tibetan Buddhism.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Gyaincain Norbu, who is studying Buddhist scriptures in Xigaze, was hailed by about 10,000 followers when he arrived at the county on Saturday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>During the ritual, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism prayed for the monks at the Baiqoi Monastery and also offered them alms.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I'm glad to be here, but I'm much more glad to see that you live a peaceful, happy life," he said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>After lunch, he gave touch-head blessings to several thousand local Tibetans.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The 17-year-old Panchen Lama also held brief Buddhist services at another monastery in Gyangze and Nai'nying Monastery in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Kangma</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">County</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. Traveling from place to place, he stopped his car many times to bless his followers.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Gyaincain Norbu was approved by the central government as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama in November 1995 after a lot drawing ceremony among three candidates in the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jokhang</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region>'s regional capital of <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lhasa</st1:place></st1:City>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Drawing lots from a golden urn to decide the final choice of the reincarnation of a high lama has long been a tradition in Tibetan Buddhism.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The young lama studies Buddhism in <st1:City w:st="on">Beijing</st1:City> and frequently visits <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region> and other Tibetan ethnic areas in <st1:State w:st="on">Qinghai</st1:State>, <st1:State w:st="on">Gansu</st1:State>, <st1:State w:st="on">Sichuan</st1:State>, and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Yunnan</st1:State></st1:place> provinces to hold religious rituals.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>When he visited Nagqu in the north of the Tibet Autonomous Region in August, more than 20,000 believers, mostly herdsmen, came to receive a blessing from him, who spent a day and a half in their midst.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Since his ordination, he has blessed about 300,000 people.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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