Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay in Sri Lanka

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay who is on an of­fi­cial visit to Sri Lanka on the in­vi­ta­tion of H.E Maithri­pala Sirisena ar­rived at Colombo, Sri Lanka last Thurs­day. On ar­rival at the Ban­daranaike In­ter­na­tional Air­port Ly­onch­hen was re­ceived by Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Sri Lanka. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a warm wel­come ex­tended by the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Sri Lanka, Ly­onch­hen signed the ‘Golden Book’. In the af­ter­noon Ly­onch­hen and his del­e­ga­tion vis­ited the Ke­laniya Tem­ple and Gan­gara­maya Tem­ple. At the tem­ples Ly­onch­hen and his del­e­ga­tions vis­ited dif­fer­ent shrines of Lord Bud­dha and paid homage and re­ceived bless­ings from the en­light­ened one. Ly­onch­hen also “wa­tered” and of­fered “cloth” (Namza) to the Holy Bodhi Trees at Ke­laniya and Gan­gara­maya Tem­ples. At Gan­gara­maya tem­ple Ly­onch­hen and the del­e­gates were very happy to find out that our beloved Druk Gyalpo, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck had laid the foun­da­tion stone for the in­au­gu­ra­tion for the Bodhi Tree. The del­e­ga­tions also got the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive bless­ing from the sa­cred relics of Lord Bud­dha. In the evening Ly­onch­hen and his del­e­ga­tion hosted a re­cep­tion din­ner to the med­i­cal stu­dents study­ing in Colombo. Speak­ing to the stu­dents Ly­onch­hen shared his per­sonal ob­ser­va­tion on how well the Bodhi Tree- whose foun­da­tion stone was laid by our Druk Gyalpo was main­tained by the monks at the Gan­gara­may Tem­ple, thereby re­mind­ing the gath­er­ing about the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­stowed upon us for tak­ing care of our coun­try whose foun­da­tion was laid by our Druk Gyalpo. ‘If we fol­low the path of our King, we will never go wrong’ Ly­onch­hen said. Ly­onch­hen thanked the stu­dents for work­ing hard to be­com­ing a doc­tor and asked them to work harder. He also ad­vised the stu­dent to make best use of their stay in Sri Lanka by learn­ing more about the coun­try, vis­it­ing mu­se­ums, holy sites, etc. There are about 200 stu­dents mostly med­i­cal in Sri Lanka .

Ly­onch­henTsh­er­ing Tob­gay re­ceiv­ing the sapling of very scarce Bo (bodhi) Tree from Dr. Palagama Sirini­vasa, Chief Prelate at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anu­rad­ha­pura, Sri Lanka.

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