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Senator Mark Stoops Honors Bloomington's Arjia Rinpockhe
Updated May 5, 2013 1:12 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) -The Indiana Senate recently passed a resolution authored by State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) honoring the life and accomplishments of Arjia Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan lama and director of Bloomington's Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) & Kumbum Chimtse Ling Temple.

Rinpoche was the first Tibetan lama to give the invocation on the Senate floor before the start of business.

"Arjia Rinpoche is a world leader who lives in our community. The temple and cultural center are unique assets to Bloomington and the state of Indiana," Sen. Stoops said. "It was an honor to have him give the invocation and celebrate the valuable insight and influence he offers to the city."

Arjia Rinpoche is originally from Tibet and is an accomplished Buddhist scholar and teacher. He came to the United States in 1998 when he was forced to leave Tibet due to political turmoil. He is close friends with the Dalai Lama and hosted him during his 2007 visit to the TMBCC in Bloomington, which was founded by the Dalai Lama's late brother, Thubten Norbu in 1979.

Appointed by the 14th Dalai Lama as the director of the TMBCC, Arjia Rinpoche hosts and regularly speaks with guests of the center who wish to learn about Buddhist teachings. The TMBCC is located just outside of Bloomington on the south side and offers services and tours by appointment.

Sen. Stoops represents Indiana Senate District 40, which includes portions of Monroe County, including the City of Bloomington and Indiana University. For more information on Sen. Stoops, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit

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