Monks observe silver jubilee of Buddhist institute in Sikkim

Statesman News Service, June 16, 2008

GANGTOK, Sikkim (India) -- Over 5,000 monks congregated today to observe the silver jubilee celebration of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, an institute for Buddhist higher studies institute located at Rumtek about 24 km from Gangtok. The institute is affiliated to the Sampuranand Sanskrit University, Varanasi.

Monks from Nepal, Bhutan and different parts of the country have assembled to observe the 25th anniversary celebrations of the institute.

A two-day celebration to commemorate the event began yesterday and continued today at the institute's main hall with recitation of prayers in Sanskrit and Tibetan by Rinpoches (gurus) and monks.

Messages from the Governor Mr Sudarshan Agarwal, Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling and other great Rinpoche's including the Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorji were read out in the hall.

The caretaker of the monastery Goshir Gyaltshab Rimpoche and also the director of Nalanda Institute presided over the function along with the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Mr DN Thakarpa as chief guest of the function.