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Union of Tibetan students organized a candle light vigil in Sarnath

January 18, 2012

Immediate Press Release
Contact: Tenzin Damdul - +91 860 433 0888

14 January 2012 (Sarnath): Amid rush of pilgrims arriving from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath, Student-members of Tibetan Youth Buddhist Association, Tibetan Freedom Movement and Tibetan Women's Association of Central University of Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, this evening organized a candle light vigil particularly to honor a layman from Kirti who self-immolated this afternoon and to pray for all the Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet in general.

The vigil also marks to show solidarity with the four-member marchers of the "Walk of Fate" who have reached Sarnath after six days of grueling walk on the dusty highway from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Embarking on a pilgrimage-march, along the trails of Buddha's footstep, the marchers had their first stopover to this holy place of Sarnath where Buddha gave his first teaching. They paid their respect and homage to all brave Tibetan heroes.

Speaking to a fellow students in front of Atisha Hall, Tenzin Damdul, the President of the Tibetan Youth Buddhist Association said, "We are here to pay our homage to all the fellow Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet. Their selfless act shall forever remain engraved in our heart." Speaking on today's incidence he further added, "We are also gathered here to pay our respect to a layman in his 20's who self-immolated this afternoon in Kirti. We are deeply saddened and concerned about his well-being, if alive. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who still continue to face harsh repression under communist regime".

The students are also organizing a talk by Mr. Joe Hamilton, the lone foreigner and one of the four marchers of the Walk of Fate, who will share his views and thoughts on Tibetan freedom struggle tomorrow at the Atisha hall at 5:30 pm.
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