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World Tibet Network News

Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Sunday, July 13, 2003

2. Five-day Dharamsala world peace fest concludes

Dharamsala, July 12 (ANI) - Hundreds of monks and Buddhist devouts assembled
at the concluding ceremony of a five-day Tibetan annual prayers for world
peace in Dharamsala on Friday.

The annual prayer at Namgyal monastery was organised by the
Tibetan-government-in exile under the direction of the spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama.

Monks performed traditional rituals amidst chanting of verses to bring peace
in the world.

Monks from all the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism took part in the ceremony.

"Today is the last day and they have this ceremony annually, every year
once. And here the monks and the lay people participate.

This is called 'Phuntshok'. By this you earn hundreds and thousand of
merits. That's what they say," said Loten Namling, one of the devotees who
participated in the ceremony.

The five-day ceremeony which concluded on Friday was a part of the prayer
ceremony that started last week.

Many foreign tourists and Tibetans living in exile converged on Dharamsala
to take part in the ceremony.

The Tibetan community along with their religious leader the Dalai Lama,
revered as the reincarnation of a long line of Buddhist kings, belongs to
the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama has been living in Dharamsala since 1959 after an abortive
uprising against Chinese rule.

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  2. Five-day Dharamsala world peace fest concludes
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