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Dalai Lama expresses condolences to Leh cloudburst victims

August 21, 2010

Sify (India)
August 18, 2010

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, expressed his condolences
to Leh cloudburst victims during a discourse at the famous Dagpo
Shedrupling Monastery in Kullu district on Tuesday.

During his visit, the Dalai Lama spoke about various natural
calamities, taking place around the world.

"Everybody wants happy life, nobody wants suffering. Yet, there are
disasters by nature and immense suffering. There was a disaster in
Pakistan, Leh area, in China and also in Russia. There was fire,
drought and a lot of damage," said the Dalai Lama.

"We can only pray. I want to express my condolence to those who have
lost family members. So now, what is important is despite of these
disaster and immense suffering, you should not lose your hope and
your self-confidence. You must work hard and look forward to more
development and happier days. That is very important," he added.

The Dalai Lama is currently on a religious tour of Kullu-Manali,
visiting monasteries and delivering sermons.

Scores of foreign devotees from across the world thronged the Dagpo
Shedrupling Monastery for an audience of the Tibetan spiritual leader
and to listen to his discourse.

The Dagpo Shedrupling Monastery situated at Kais village near Naggar
in picturesque Kullu Valley, with its serene surroundings, was built
to commemorate the 15th century Dagpo Monastery that was destroyed in
Tibet during the Chinese invasion in 1959.

Tibetans living in-exile in India view this new monastery as a way of
preserving their religion and culture. (ANI)
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