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Obituary: Lobsang P Lhalungpa

May 9, 2008

Lobsang P Lhalungpa, who established the first Tibetan language
programme of All India Radio and dedicated his service to the
preservation of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, died on 28 April, aged 82
Tibet.net
May 7,  2008, 2:25 p.m.

Lobsang P Lhalungpa (1926-2008)

Dharamshala -- Lobsang P Lhalungpa will be remembered for his
pioneering role in establishing the first Tibetan language programme
of All India Radio and for his dedicated service to the promotion and
preservation of Tibet's rich spiritual and cultural tradition.

He died of internal injuries suffered as a result of a car accident
in Santa Fe in New Mexico, on 28 April. The funeral service was
conducted on 1 May. On 4 May, a group of monks from Drepung Loseling
monastery led a memorial service, attended by a mixed group of some
400 people from the Tibetan communities in Sante Fe and Alberquerque.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, through his representative based in
office of Tibet in New York, conveyed a condolence message and
prayers to the bereaved family members over the sad demise of Lobsang
Lhalungpa.

His Holiness the Dala Lama said he was saddened to hear about the
demise of Mr Lhalungpa in a fatal car accident.

His Holiness said: "Your late father will be remembered for his
pioneering role in establishing the first Tibetan language programme
of All India Radio and for his dedicated life service to the
promotion and preservation of our rich spiritual and cultural
tradition. He also did much in helping Tibetan refugee communities at
a very difficult time in their early years of exile. In his passing
way, we have lost a great patriot and scholar."

Lobsang Lhalungpa translated extensively over the past 40 years for
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and also translated his English speeches
into Tibetan. "Many of Lobsang's books were introduced with a short
preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama," said Danny Fisher.

He is survived by his widow, Gisela, and his children.
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