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Dalai Lama and Tibetan government offer condolences and donate to Nepal relief efforts

April 27, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, April 26, 2015 - In an emergency meeting of the Kashag held today, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has expressed its deep shock and sadness at the horrific devastation to life and property caused by the massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal, the northern parts of India and Tibet on 25 April 2015.

The meeting further decided that the CTA would hold a special prayer session tomorrow at 4 pm at Tsuglagkhang, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala to offer prayers to those who have lost their lives in this natural disaster.

The Kashag, CTA, will also donate a sum of NPR 20 Lacs to the government of Nepal as a token of contribution from the Central Tibetan Administration towards its rescue and relief efforts in the country.

The Kashag has instructed its Representatives abroad and the Settlement Officers to collect donations from their respective areas towards relief efforts in Nepal.

The Kashag further instructed all Tibetan settlements, monasteries and communities in Nepal to actively engage in rescue and relief efforts in their localities.

While expressing his grief and sadness, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of the Tibetan people, said, “At this dark and painful time, words fail to convey how deeply we feel for the people affected in Nepal, Tibet and India”

“On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration and the entire Tibetan people, I express my profound sympathies and condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and whose lives have been severely devastated by this horrific natural calamity.”

“Our sincere prayers are with the people affected by the earthquake and the governments at this time of national tragedy,” he said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sends condolences to Nepal Prime Minister

Office of the Dalai Lama, April 26, 2015 - Expressing great sadness about reports of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal yesterday with the loss of many lives and widespread damage to property, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to the Nepalese Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala.

“The people of Nepal and Tibetans have been neighbours throughout history and many Tibetan refugees live in Nepal. I offer my condolences to you and to those who have lost members of their families, friends and their homes in this tragedy.”

He added: “As a token of solidarity with the people of Nepal, I have asked the Dalai Lama Trust to make a donation towards rescue and relief efforts.”

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