Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay in Sri Lanka
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.