Tibet Foundation

Tibetan Peace Garden - 20th anniversary commemoration

Sep 1, 2019

September 1st, 2019

On Sunday, 1st September, Tibet Foundation held a special celebration at the Tibetan Peace Garden, in Southwark, to mark the 20th anniversary of its opening by HH the Dalai Lama.  Those fortunate to be at the inaugural event in 1999 recalled the mounting excitement and joy of the assembled crowd as His Holiness arrived in the garden for its consecration.
The commemoration began with a silent peace walk (kora) around the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, led by Tibet Foundation volunteer, Marie Rabouhans. Dhondup Samten, the Foundation’s executive director, then welcomed all guests. They included Bishop Paul Hendricks (attending on behalf of Archbishop John Wilson of the RC Archdiocese of Southwark); representatives of Tibetan organisations, and architects and sculptors from the team that created the garden. He also paid tribute to others, unable to be present – specifically the garden’s designer, Hamish Horsley, and key fundraiser, the actress Trudie Styler. 
There followed a blessing by monks from Tashi Lhunpo monastery and a performance of Tibetan music by husband-and-wife Tibetan artistes. In her closing comments, the Foundation’s acting chair, Jacqueline Young, conveyed warm greetings from founding trustee, Phuntsog Wangyal, and emphasised His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of peace. After the distribution of goodwill scarves (khatas), everyone enjoyed a picnic in the park grounds under bright sunshine.