Dharamsala: As per the invitation accorded, Speaker Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel attended the ‘inaugural ceremony of Tsawa Chekhan and the new office of Central Tibetan Tsawa Association’ at Jogiwara Road, Dharamsala on Oct 1 as its ‘Chief Guest’.
Upon arriving at the location, Speaker Ven. Khenpo Sonam performed the opening-ceremony by cutting the ribbon to marks the official opening of the newly-constructed hall and office of the aforementioned association.
The ceremonial event, thereafter, commenced with the association’s President Ven. Khenpo Pema Choephel, introducing the association and the briefing about its objectives. He stated the significance of striving to become self-reliant rather than always depending on others. He applauded the spirit and dedication of the non-salaried executive members as well as the regional coordinators.
Following that, general and fiscal reports of the association were related in the new hall, outlining the various activities undertaken by the association as well as the donations received by the association.
Tashi Dhondup Jangri Tsang, thereafter, commended the members of the association for their participation in the community work despite the difficulties.
Following the itinerary of the association’s program, souvenirs and appreciation certificates were presented to the executive members of the association as well as the regional coordinators. Speaker Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel and Parliamentarian Mr. Lobsang Yeshi also launched the association’s book on its rules and regulations.
Thereafter, Parliamentarian Lobsang Yeshi addressed the gathering briefly by commending the former and present executive members of the association, donors and everyone involved in rendering their support and assistance to the noble activities of the association such as provision of financial assistance to the needy students and destitute. He implored them to continue rendering their support and dedication towards such noble goals.
Subsequently, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, addressed the gathering by greeting the dignitaries, executive members and members of the association gathered there on the ceremonial event. He congratulated the association for its success and the establishment of the new hall. He elucidated on the unique culture and tradition of Tibet and on the unfortunate situation of Tibet in the past leading to its present circumstances. He stated that despite the hurdles and unbridled challenges in exile, under the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the hospitality by the government of India, along with the integrity of all the Tibetans, Tibetan culture and religion has gained global recognition, which in itself is a great achievement to take pride in.
He further stated that though any association can be established easily at first, the main challenge lies in its perpetuation in the future and stressed on working together to make the association successful, by helping those in need. So, that it can contribute in assisting not only a few individuals but also the Tibetan community in whole.
He applauded the association for organising the event successfully, which he said was very well-organised and thanked all the concerned members for their efforts and dedication.
The event thereafter continued with the performance of traditional Tibetan dance and songs.
Central Tibetan Tsawa Association is a registered society under the Societies Registration Act 25 of 2006.