Panchen Lama Offers Services, Blessings in Southern Tibet

September 24, 2006

Source: PLA Daily Online

On September 24, 2006 the PLA Daily Online reported, "The 11th Panchen Lama was welcomed on Saturday by ten thousand followers to Tibet's Baiqoi Monastery where he held a Buddhist ritual. Built in the early 15th century, the monastery, located in Gyangze County in southern Tibet, is one of the few holy places in Tibet to embrace all sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyaincain Norbu, who is studying Buddhist scriptures in Xigaze, was hailed by about 10,000 followers when he arrived at the county on Saturday. During the ritual, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism prayed for the monks at the Baiqoi Monastery and also offered them alms... 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 Jokhang Temple in Tibet's regional capital of Lhasa."