Be part of Adeje’s Easter celebrations

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

 

 

Preparations in Adeje for the annual Easter week events under way, both for those who are travelling to the borough for a welcome beach break and those who are interested in observing and taking part in the many religious events and processions, among them the Good Friday performance of the last days of Jesus Christ.

 

Known as ‘La Pasión’, or The Passion, the performance takes place along the town’s Calle Grande and the Plaza de España for the finale.  Stages are erected along the street for a series of acts depicting the Last Supper, the court of Pontius Pilate, the Garden of Gethsemane, etc.  The actors, principal and crowd extras are amateur performances from Adeje and this week registration is open for those members of the public who would like to be involved in the crowd scenes.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

While some understanding of Spanish is necessary to understand the follow the directions, these are crowd scenes, and no actual speaking roles are involved.  Costumes are provided, and children and adults are welcome.   This is one of the most important cultural happenings in Adeje every year, so why not be a part of it!

 

Full details about registration and participation are on the council’s main webpage, www.adeje.es, where you can also download the entry form which should be filled in and dropped off at the Adeje Cultural Centre (weekdays, 8am – 10pm).  Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

 

“Every year ‘La Pasión’ is something of a meeting point for the people of Adeje as well as people from elsewhere who come together to be part of this significant act, representing the life and death of one of the most important people in world history, Jesus Christ”; commented cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Representacion de la Pasion, Calle grande, Adeje.14 Abril 2017 ©Phil Crean

 

 

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The Happiness Inside

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Thamthog Rinpoche and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Yesterday the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga joined the president of the Canarian Buddhist centre Ghel Pel Ling Gloría Cabello in announcing details of this week’s events under the title “Real internal happiness”. The open days are being directed by Thamthog Rinpoche, one of the most eminent Tibetan Buddhists today, and one of the Dalai Lama’s closest advisors. Also involved in the event is Khenrab Rinpoche, the spiritual advisor at the Ghel Pel Ling centre, which is based in Costa Adeje.
During the press conference to announce details of the event mayor Rodríguez Fraga said that “Adeje continues to work positively towards the integration and harmonious coexistence of all cultures and creeds, as Adeje is a plural, open and tolerant society”. He welcomed Thamthog Rinpoche to Adeje and reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that Adeje continued to be a place where religious tolerance was paramount, a place where bridge-building could flourish.
Thamthog Rinpoche spoke of the role Buddhism can play in today’s world, adding that it was not a religion that only sought converts, as one of the basic tenets of Buddhism is respect for all religions and cultures. “People must respect tolerance if they wish to find peace”. He said there was so much suffering in the world today, “countless problems, difficulties, which block the path to inner peace”, but it was up to people to leave ignorance behind. Thamthog Rinpoche, added that change was “100 per cent possible”, but people have to want to change, to find the right path to peace, via hope and tolerance.
The first conference is today, Wednesday 23rd, in the Adeje school of Music and Dance, and is free to attend. It starts at 6.30pm. There are follow up events on Thursday and Friday, at the same time, in the school.
Thamthog Rinpoche
Thamthog Rinpoche was born in eastern Tibet in 1951. When he was six years old he was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the tutor of His Holiness Kyabje Trijyan Rinpoche as the reincarnation of XII Thamthog, founder of the three largest monastic universities of Lithang. He studied at Sera Je Monastery in Tibet, and after 1959 continued his studies at Sera Je Monastic University in South India. In 1982 he was awarded the highest title of Buddhist studies “Geshe Lharampa.” Later he entered the monastery of Tantric Ghiumè to deepen the study of the Tantra. Rinpoche received the complete transmission of the common and secret teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1987, at the invitation of his teacher, he moved to Italy as a resident Lama and spiritual leader of Ghe Pel Ling, until August 2009, when he was appointed abbot of Namgyal Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.