Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning led prayers for the four Tibetan youngsters who were recently executed by the Chinese government for their alleged role in arson and killing during the peaceful protests in Tibet’s capital Lhasa in March 2008.
The prayers were offered during the launch of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s biography at the Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute. His Eminence the 102nd Gaden Tripa Thubten Nyima Lungtok Tenzin Norbu, His Eminence the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, His Eminence the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima and a battery of senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration joined the prayers.
In his condolence message to the victims and their family members, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his “deep sadness” over the death sentences to the Tibetans.
Four Tibetans – Lobsang Gyaltsen, aged 27, born in Lhasa, Loyak, aged 25, of Tashi Khang, Shol Township, Lhasa and Penkyi, aged 21 – were executed on 20 October. The identity of the fourth person is still unknown.
His Holiness also mourned for those people who were killed and injured in two bomb blasts in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on Sunday. According to media reports the deadly blasts claimed at least 132 lives and wounded 520 people.