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Special Prayers for the Flood and Mudslide Victims held in Tokyo

August 23, 2010

Tibet House -- Japan
August 20, 2010

Tokyo -- A special prayer service for the flood
and mudslide victims in India, Pakistan, Tibet
and China was held at Joenji, a Japanese Buddhist
Temple in Tokyo. Liaison Office of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama for Japan and East Asia organized
the prayer session; around forty Tibetans and Japanese participated.

Mr. Tsewang Gyalpo Arya of the Liaison Office
briefed the gravity of the situation in the
affected area and said that this prayer session
is in tandem with the prayers held in Dharamsala
and Tibetan settlements throughout India and
abroad. He said that the prayer is for the peace
of those deceased, and for early normalization of
the lives of those affected, and to pray that such disasters are not repeated.

Regarding the mudslide disaster in Drugchu area
of Tibet, which claimed the lives of more than
1300 Chinese and Tibetans and many rendered
homeless, Mr. Arya said that the disaster is
viewed by some experts and environmentalists as
"a man made disaster". "Through this prayer
service we would also like to appeal to the
Chinese leadership to refrain from further
damaging the already fragile ecology of Tibet." He said.

Mr. Lobsang, Vice President of Tibetan Community
in Japan [TCJ] led the prayers. Recitation of
Tara and Heart sutra, [Dolma and Sherab Nyingpo],
Guru prayers and Mani mantra etc were done. As
Tibetan texts with Japanese translation and
transliteration were made available, the Japanese
participants also recited the prayers along with
the Tibetans. Japanese version of Heart Sutra, Hangya Shingyo was also offered.

Mr. Arya thanked the participants, and took the
opportunity to thank the Japanese public for
their generous donation for Kyegudo Earthquake
Relief Fund. A brief report on how the fund has
been transferred to the Relief Committee in India
was also made. He further appealed for similar
relief assistance for the affected areas in Ladhak, and Drugchu in Tibet.

The participants offered butter lamps at the
altar, some made donation for the relief
activities. Many expressed shock and sympathy.

Tibet House Japan
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