11th Panchen Lama visits Lhasa's major monastery (2)

15:51, June 05, 2010      

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It was before this statue that he was selected as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Erdini in November 1995, through the traditional method of drawing lots from the golden urn. He was then six years old.

The 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, was born in February 1990 in Tibet.

As one of the two most senior living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, he has given head-touching blessings to hundreds of thousands of believers, and ardently participated in activities for the public good.

Two days after a 7.1-magnitude quake shook Yushu, a predominantly Tibetan area in northwest China's Qinghai Province, the Panchen Lama donated 100,000 yuan (14,662 U.S. dollars) and led monks in downtown Beijing's Xihuang Temple in prayers for the victims.

He paid a visit to Yushu in mid May to host prayer services for the victims.

Early this year, the Panchen Lama was elected vice president of the Buddhist Association of China, and became a member of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's top political advisory body.

Source: Xinhua
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