Tibetans hold special prayers for China Quake victims

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The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration organised a special prayer session for the victims of the powerful earthquake that rocked southwestern parts of China, at the main Buddhist temple in Dharamshala, India, on 14 May 2008/File Photo:Sangjey Kep

Dharamshala: The Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration organised a special prayer session Wednesday for the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked southwestern parts of China.

The special prayer congregation was led by monks of the Namgyal Monastery at the Tsuglagkhang (main temple) in Dharamshala, on 14 May.

“The prayers are dedicated for the good rebirth of all those Chinese who have lost their lives in the recent natural calamity,” said Mr Tsering Dhondup, secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture.

He added: “The Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed its condolence and great sorrow over the enormous loss of lives and properties in the quake hit areas in China.”

In the aftermaths of the earthquake, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration have extended deep sympathy and heartfelt condolences, prayers to those families who have been directly affected by the strong earthquake.

According to Xinhua News Agency, a strong earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province in southwest China at 2:28 p.m., resulting in large of deaths and property damage.