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Tibetan Monks To Show and Discuss Film on the Panchen Lama

February 21, 2003 — The Student Interfaith Council at the University of Utah will host seven Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery located in Southern India and home to the Panchen Lama, in a free public showing and discussion of the film “Tibet’s Stolen Child,” on Sat., March 1 at 1 p.m. in the Post Chapel at Fort Douglas.

The film, which includes interviews with several Nobel Peace Laureates, tells the story of the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second highest spiritual leader after the Dalai Lama. Chosen by traditional Tibetan methods by the Dalai Lama in 1995, the young Gedun Choekyi Nyima and his family disappeared days after his being named the new Panchen Lama. In the meantime, the Chinese government named its own young boy to the position. Now, the Tibetan people want their Panchen Lama, chosen by the Dalai Lama, to be freed and returned to his home city of Shitgatse in Tibet. The Tashi Lhunpo monks are traveling throughout the U.S. to help raise awareness of the situation and will be on hand to discuss the film and to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 801-585-3595.

(Vehicle access to the Post Chapel is from Wasatch Drive and signs will identify free parking areas. Pedestrians can use the new Eccles Legacy Bridge over Wasatch Drive.)