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Dalai Lama Portrait Attacked, NBF Seeks Apology

August 11, 2008

By Kalsang Rinchen
August 10, 2008

New York August 10 -- Nepal Buddhist Federation demanded an apology
from the Police for hurting the religious sentiments of Buddhists.
The Nepal police reportedly hit a portrait of the Dalai Lama with
baton and tore down Buddhist flags. The incident occurred on the
morning of August 7 when about 4000 Tibetans and Nepali Himalayan
Buddhist sympathizers carrying Buddhist and Nepalese National flags
gathered at Chuchepati Taragaon in Katmandu.

"Nepal Buddhist Federation strongly condemns the vilification of our
spiritual master and seek formal apology from the police for
destruction of the photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and tearing
down Buddhist flags. We call upon the government to take immediate
steps to control the situation before it turns into ugly sectarian
communal violence", a press release issued today by the Nepal
Buddhist Federation said.

"Nepali Buddhists are closely observing that, of late, Buddhist
monks, nuns and all Himalayan people in traditional dress are
constantly harassed by the police. Even some sections of political
Media have increased attack on the person of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama in the name of maintaining diplomatic relation with neighboring
country", said Acharya Norbu Sherpa, Secretary for Nepal Buddhist Federation.

The peaceful gathering organized by the Tibetan Young Buddhist
Association suddenly became tense after police lathi charged the big
portrait of the Dalai Lama and tore down Buddhist flags angering many
devotees present there. Many of the people who witnessed the incident
cried while urging the police to respect their religious sentiments.
The organizers controlled the crowd from erupting into further
emotional reactions.

"Ever since the introduction of Buddhism in Tibet in the 7th century
Himalayan Buddhists of India, Nepal and Bhutan used to go to Tibet
for studies in the various monasteries and after the closing of
northern border in 1959 Himalayan Buddhists continue to go to
monastic educational institutions in India and return to their
respective countries after graduation to serve their communities. The
unbroken close spiritual bond between the Dalai Lamas and the
Buddhist followers of Himalayan region began 363 years ago during the
great 5th Dalai Lama and is continued even today. The Dalai Lama is
our root Guru", the press release added.

"Tearing down the photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Buddhist
flags has hurt the religious sentiments of the Buddhist community in
Nepal. We consider this the first barbaric act since the time of Rana
regime. Such acts in total violation of the fundamental religious
freedom and expression enshrined in the constitution of Nepal will
not be tolerated in secular Nepal and campaigns to restore respect to
our faiths, our spiritual masters and international image of our
country will be launched."

Nepal Buddhist Federation is a registered non-political organization
representing all schools of the Mahayana Buddhists organizations and
institutions in Nepal.
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