Panchen Erdeni arriving in Beijing for the first time

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2015-04-14 10:17:42
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Panchen Erdeni paid his first visit to Beijing on Apr. 27, 1951 with his entourage. He was given warm reception by the central government during his over one-month stay in Beijing. Afterwards, he visited a few other cities including Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xi’an.

Beijing Qianmen Railway Station, where the 10th Panchen Erdeni received warm reception of senior government officials and people from all fields. Photo from the New Tibet.

Beijing Qianmen Railway Station, where the 10th Panchen Erdeni receivedwarm reception of senior government officials and people from all fields. Photo from the New Tibet.

After a period of preparation work, Panchen Erdeni embarked on his journey to Beijing with 44 followers – mostly officials from his entourage and their assistants. Upon his arrival in Beijing on Apr. 27, 1951, he was given warm reception by the central government.

At the railway station, Vice President Zhu De and Li Jishen of the People's Republic of China and Premier Zhou Enlai of the Government Administrative Council were waiting for him holding large banners with “Welcome Panchen Erdeni” written in both Tibetan and Chinese language. The welcoming ceremony was quite grand and solemn. On May 1 during the International Labor Day, Panchen Erdeni was invited to visit the rostrum at Tian’anmen Square, where he offered khata to Chairman Mao. Afterwards, he had a private meeting with Chairman Mao.

During his stay in Beijing, Panchen Erdeni held meetings with numerous Buddhists coming to worship him. On May 10 he transmitted dharma and cultivated affinities at the Bodhi Study Society in Beijing’s Beihai Park. On May 26 he gave initiation of Buddha Amitayus in the Falun Hall of the Lama Temple located in the northern part of Beijing.

Starting from Jun. 2, Panchen Erdeni continued his trip to Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xi’an, accompanied by Mr. Peng Sike, Deputy Director of the General Office of the Ethnic Affairs Commission. Wherever he arrived, he was warmly received by local people from all fields. He returned to Qinghai province on Jun. 19. 

Editor:Ellen
Tags:Panchen Erdeni, Tibet, Chairman Mao

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