Dr Lobsang Sangay President of the Central Tibetan Administration making the official announcement of the long-life prayer offering, during a press conference at Kashag Secretariat, Dharamshala, India, March 18, 2019. Photo/Tenzin Jigme/CTA

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Dharamshala, India — The has invited exiled Tibetans around the world to contribute in Tenshug (long life offering) for His Holiness the Dalai Lama scheduled for May 2019. President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay made the official announcement during a press conference at Kashag Secretariat in Dharamshala, India, on March 18, 2019.

"To symbolise the collective aspirations of the six million Tibetans and reaffirm the unity of the three provinces, the Kashag of Central Tibetan Administration invited Tibetans across the globe to contribute in a Tenshug offering for Tibet’s supreme spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama," President Dr Lobsang Sangay said during the press conference.

"The ceremony scheduled mid May this year [2019] will symbolise the fervent prayers and devotion of both the people and the protector oracles of Tibet," Dr Sangay said, adding: "Members of Tibetan community are invited to contribute to the Tenshug offering by chipping in an amount of 5.25 in currencies of their respective countries. Settlement offices across India and Offices of Tibet abroad will administer the donations locally."

"CTA’s Tenshug offering—which is the second in series—is being observed for the pacification of all obstacles of this 84th year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for the fulfilment of His benevolent wishes," said the Kashag (cabinet) of the Central Tibetan Administration.

A grand preliminary Tenshug offering was made during His Holiness’ teachings in Bodh Gaya in December last year. The Central Tibetan Administration, also referred to as the Tibetan Government in Exile led by President Dr Lobsang Sangay made an auspicious offering of 113 statues of Buddha, symbolising His Holiness’ affirmation to live for at least 113 years.

Heads of the three pillars of Tibetan democracy including the Kashag, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, heads of the Autonomous bodies and all the CTA Offices were represented at the Tenshug ceremony.

On the occasion, CTA also presented Buddha statues to all the 276 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries across India, Nepal and Bhutan. Representatives and caretakers of the monasteries and nunneries took part in the ceremony.