CTA to offer long life prayers (Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lam.

Dec 24, 2018

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the long life offering ceremony by Central Tibetan Administration and other organisations at Kalachakra teaching ground, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, 14 January 2017. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

DHARAMSHALA: On behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet and exile, the Central Tibetan Administration will offer long life prayers (Tenshug) to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 31 December 2018 at Bodh Gaya.

CTA’s Tenshug offering will represent the collective aspirations of six million Tibetans and their fervent prayers for His Holiness’ long and healthy life.

Heads of the three pillars of Tibetan democracy as well as heads of independent offices of CTA will be present at the Tenshug offering.

Amidst the elaborate ceremonial offerings which will be presented to His Holiness, the Central Tibetan Administration will make an offering of 113 statues of Buddha, symbolising His Holiness’ affirmation to live for at least 113 years.

As a part of the ceremony, CTA will also present Buddha statues to all the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries in India. Representatives and caretakers of all the 276 Registered Tibetan monasteries and nunneries across India will participate in the ceremony.

The offering of the Buddha statue to the Buddhist centres is an auspicious symbolism of the fulfilment of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice for the Buddhist community to be 21st century Buddhists.

The Tenshug offering is also being observed for the pacification of all obstacles of this 84th year of His Holiness’ life, and for the fulfilment of his benevolent wishes.

The Tenshug ceremony will be preceded by a three-day empowerment blessing by His Holiness in Bodh Gaya from 28 to 30 December.

The 104th Gaden Tripa will conduct as the Dorje Lopon of the ceremony.

Tenshug is the Tibetan term for a ceremonial long life prayer offering to a spiritual teacher. The Buddhist ritual is an expression of devotion and gratitude towards the spiritual leader.

In January last year, during the 34th Kalachakra initiations by His Holiness, CTA organised a grand Tenshug offering ceremony. During the ceremony, His Holiness affirmed to live for atleast 113 years and take rebirth to continue to serve humanity.

Tenshug ceremony is marked by an elaborate display of devotion, prayers and a procession of symbolic offerings towards the spiritual teacher. Through the ceremony, devotees offer prayers for the long life and fulfillment of all of the benevolent wishes of the teacher.

113 statues of Buddha will be offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and hundreds will be distributed to all the registered Tibetan monasteries and nunneries in exile. Photo/Department of Religion and Culture/CTA.





CTA will offer statue of Tonpa Shenrab Miwoche, founder of Bon religion to Bon monasteries as part of the Tenshug ceremony. Photo/Department of Religion and Culture/CTA.

Courtesy: tibet.net