Solidarity Prayers for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
TENZIN DELEK RINPOCHE
DIED IN CHINESE PRISON, 12 JULY 2015
Commemoration and Solidarity Prayer:
Saturday, July 18, 1:00 pm
Please join us, standing in solidarity with the people of Tibet, for this important commemoration and prayer for Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a reincarnated lama in the 1980s, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been a community leader and a staunch advocate for the protection and preservation of Tibetan culture, religion, environment and way of life for decades. Rinpoche studied at Drepung Gomang Monastery in India.
In 2002, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested on false charges of exploding bombs and distributing separatist leaflets. The only evidence against him was extracted from a relative during torture. The relative later recanted, clearing Rinpoche of any wrong-doing. His trial was held in secret and even though he had no independent legal counsel and the evidence against him was non-existent, he received a death sentence. The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
Though known to be seriously ill since 2009, and despite numerous efforts by Tibetan, Chinese and Western supporters, he was not allowed medical treatment. Since being notified of his death, Rinpoche’s body has not been given to his family or his monastery. Please keep Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in your prayers this week and join the prayer on Saturday.
Anne Walter, Director
Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion
North American Seat of Drepung Gomang Monastery
411 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
DGCEC: 502-614-5616 | Anne: 502-619-1652