The Birthday Cup football-tournament in honor of His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang started on 15th July and will end on the 23rd July, the day of His Holiness’ birthday. This tournament is to celebrate the birthday of the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang. Twelve teams from different regional settlements, colleges and schools in Dehradun are competing in the event. Many guests from government and private sectors come to participate in the tournament. At the opening ceremony the music band from Samabhota Tibetan School lead the teams to line up at the football ground at Dekyiling with beautiful music. The first match was played between Drikung Junior Football Club and Dekyiling FC. It was a tough game with both teams playing very well and it was 2-2 draw. Drikung Sub Junior team will also be playing on 23rd with the Rajpur under 12 Team B, before the final match.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. Kinley gave a speech on why the tournament was host to celebrate the birthday of His Holiness and about the importance of football games. He said that His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang always emphasized that “participation is more important than winning”, that teamwork is the main spirit of the game, and that it is beneficial for body and mind. Through the football match we can show our respect to His Holiness, bring together many people to participate, and have good time with everybody on this special birthday. He further added that the dharma doesn’t necessarily require to wear a robe or to retreat in caves, but even by playing football one can express the dharma. He pointed out that the very game becomes the dharma if it is played with a good heart and for the enjoyment of oneself and entertainment for others. The commitment of one’s body, speech, and mind to play a fair game is a display of generosity, and following the rules of fairness exemplifies morality, being tolerant and forbearing during the match if someone hits you or utters bad words is the practice of patience, and to strive with diligence to play is an effort at focusing one’s mind. Most of all it is a team effort because it depends on all the players. If one of player does not his best to interact with his teammates, this will affect the whole game; so this is a display of interdependent origination, which is the aspect of wisdom, all together it is the practice of dharma. Finally Mr. Kinley ended up his speech with a long life prayer for H. H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.
This tournament is sponsored by Ms. Konchok Yeshi Khando from Singapore, and we heartily thank her for her kind heart and generous support.
The Office of H.H. the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang