His Holiness and Sangpo

The Dalai Lama receives Takna Jigme Sangpo on October 11 (Miro Kuzmanovic, Reuters)

The Dalai Lama received 74-year-old Tibetan former political prisoner Takna Jigme Sangpo on October 11 in Graz, Austria, where he is leading the Kalachakra Initiation.

Takna Jigme Sangpo was released from Lhasa’s Drapchi prison on a medical parole on March 31, 2002.

The Dalai Lama is leading the Kalachakra for World Peace in Graz from October 11-23.

The Kalachakra Initiation is the largest of the Tibetan Buddhist rituals. The Kalachakra stands for the dissemination of peace and tolerance. The ritual represents a special form of blessing designed to promote the development of an ethic of peace and harmony in oneself and among humankind as a whole.

At the Kalachakra, the International International Campaign for Tibet Europe is holding a series of presentations focussing on the issue of the Panchen Lama, including screenings of the film Tibet’s Stolen Child and a comprehensive exhibition called “No Stone Unturned: The Ongoing Search for Tibet’s Panchen Lama.”

Through this forum, ICT hopes to bring educational and empowering tools to a wider public, adding further momentum to the issue. Organizers anticipate that the event will attract over 10,000 visitors.

On October 15, the International Campaign for Tibet will give its 2002 Light of Truth award to Heinrich Harrer and to Petra Kelly, in memoriam, for their contributions to public awareness of Tibet and Tibetans. The award will be presented in Graz by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.