"The Gelug members of the Tibetan Parliament in exile this morning announced the demise of 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche.
“We deeply regret to inform everyone that the 103rd Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche passed away at 11:45 pm on April 21, 2017. He has been taken ill since last few months and breathed his last in Max hospital in Delhi last night,” said Geshe Lharampa Atuk Tseten and Ven. Gowa Phendey, both members of Tibetan Parliament in exile representing Gelug sect.
They further urged all the devotees to do special prayers.
Honourable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay said “with profound sadness, I on behalf of all Tibetans pray that Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche will be reborn and carry forward his mission to spread the teachings of Lord Buddha and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”
“May he be reborn in Tibet, the land of snow,” Sikyong added.
In October last year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin to the 103rd Gaden Tripa, the spiritual head of Gelug order of the Tibetan Buddhism.
The appointment came after successful completion of the 7-year tenure of former Gaden Tripa, Kyabje Rizong Sey Thubten Nyima Lungtok Tenzin Norbu.
The enthronement ceremony of the 103rd Gaden Tripa took place on 5 November 2016 at Gaden Trithok Khang, the office and residence of the Gaden Tripa in Tibetan Settlement, Mundgod.
The Gaden Tripa ‘Holder of the Ganden Throne’ is the title of the spiritual leader of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has, since, been held by the Ganden Tripas.
The Ganden Tripa is an automatic appointment occurring once every 7 years, from one or the other of these two Chojeys on an alternating basis.
This appointment follows a confirmation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama who publicly announces the appointment or nomination at the time of changeover."
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