Tibetan monks lead ‘Thank You Year Tour’ to the Baltic States.

Sep 5, 2018

Workshop for school children underway inside the ‘Igloo’ tent at Tibet Square on 2 September 2018. Photo/OOT London

Vilnius, Lithuania: A group of eight monks from Chode Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, led by coordinator Ms Jane Rasch, began the Thank You Year Tour to the Baltic States from London on 31 August.

Initiated and coordinated by the Office of Tibet, London, this cultural tour is a part of Thank You Year initiative to express gratitude to the people and government of the three Baltic States for supporting Tibetan people over the years.

The group was received by local hosts & long-time Tibet supporters Vytis Vidunas and Ruta Norkute from the House of Tibet on their arrival. A strong team of dedicated volunteers helped the group with the preparations leading up to the main event.

The event was held at Tibet Square on 2 September, coinciding with the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day.

An ‘igloo tent’ set up for the occasion was the centre of activity beginning with the dedication prayers for the consecration of sand mandala. Throughout the day, as the monks created the mandala, visitors streamed in continuously to observe the monks in action.

In the evening, the monks headed to the Teachers House: a lively venue for the evening cham performance. The capacity crowd in the hall thoroughly enjoyed the Tibetan Buddhist ritualistic dances and chanting, thereby making their day even more memorable.

The Sand Mandala was completed on 3 September. All the rituals for its dismantling followed afterwards, signifying the impermanent nature of all phenomena.

Bidding adieu to the hosts and volunteers on 4 September, the group then made their second journey to Riga, the beautiful capital city of Latvia.

Speaking about the just-concluded Vilnius leg of the Thank You Year tour, Jane Rasch, the coordinator said, “The amazing success of the two-day event at Vilnius has started our Thank You Tour on a positive note. We look forward to providing similar joyful experiences to the people in Latvia & Estonia in the coming week. We hope to show the Tibetan people’s gratitude to Tibet supporters through this initiative'.

Tibet Square in Vilnius, venue for the sand mandala event on 2nd September 2018

Courtesy: tibet.net