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Tibetan high lama to pray for Taiwan at year-end party

Tibetan high lama to pray for Taiwan at year-end party

Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the supreme head of Tibetan Buddhism's Drikung Kagyu lineage, will join his followers at a year-end dharma session to pray for Taiwan, the organizer said Thursday.

Chinese Buddhism Drikung Kagyu Association said that in addition to the year-end party to welcome 2016, Drikung Chetsang, who arrived in Taiwan Dec. 20, will also give Achi Empowerment of Great Chikung Lineage on Dec. 26, Namgyalma Empowerment on Jan. 2 and Namgyalma Thousand-Offering Puja on Jan. 3.

The Thousand-Offering Puja will feature the largest mandala ever built in Taiwan that will be decorated with 1,000 flowers, 1,000 lanterns, 1,000 umbrellas, 1,000 bells with participants chanting the dharani or mantra 1,000 times while walking around the mandala 1,000 times.

The unit of one thousand is highlighted here to symbolize rapid accumulation of merits and blessings, the organizer said.

On Dec. 29, His Holiness the 37th Throne Holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage will join a "dialogue with celebrities" forum on the theme of "Life is a Play" in which Taiwanese directors Chu Yen-ping and Chiu Li-kuan and queen bobee Lotus Wang will share their thoughts on life with the Tibetan high lama whose legendary escape from communist China ushered in his dramatic life in the free world.

Before fleeing to Nepal in the 1970s, Drikung Chetsang went through China's Cultural Revolution, when he was sent to the countryside and a labor camp for "re-education." It was during this period of hardship that he made good friends with peasants and shepherds and learned to speak good Mandarin.

Now his lineage runs hundreds of temples, universities and Buddhism research institutes, retreat centers and modern libraries around the world. He leads tens of thousands of Tibetan Buddhism monks and nuns and numerous followers, including those in Taiwan. (By Hao Hsueh-ching and S.C. Chang)

Updated : 2021-09-17 10:08 GMT+08:00