Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest non-governmental organisation in the Tibetan exile community has assured 24×7 help to the pilgrims at the upcoming Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar.
“We are going to set up an information centre near the Kalachakra ground, install help desks at the local train stations facilitating Tibetan language announcements, and extend our full help in assisting the pilgrims during the Kalachakra,” said Tsewang Rigzin, the president of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) today at a press conference held in Dharamshala.
The organisation plans to depute over a hundred volunteers in their trademark TYC yellow jersey uniforms to assist in beefing up security for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and performing various other social and environmental services during the Kalachakra teachings.
Under its social and community service programme, TYC has for the last couple of decades provided much needed ground service for the smooth functioning of the Kalachakra events, which draw tens of thousands of disciples.
With a pool of volunteers drawn from its regional committee members, TYC said that it will keep special teams for security, medical, and emergency purposes at their disposal round the clock.
Speaking to Phayul at the side line of the press conference, Rigzin asserted that TYC’s primary focus during the teachings would be its social service campaigns and to ensure the safety and security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the pilgrims.
“Working with the security officials and the organisers, TYC volunteers will provide immaculate social service and security during the teachings,” Rigzin added.
TYC assured of any emergency help during the teachings and urged the pilgrims to contact the organisation on the following numbers for any assistance +91 8084578578/+91 9546567775.
Kalchakra is a Sanskrit word which means the time-wheel. The initiations, first taught by Buddha Shakyamuni, are considered by Buddhists as one of the most important teachings.
The upcoming Kalachakra will be the 32nd occasion since His Holiness the Dalai Lama conferred the teachings for the first time in May 1954 at Norbulingka, Lhasa, Tibet. After a nine year gap, the Kalachakra in Bodh Gaya is expected to draw two hundred thousand devotees from all over the world.