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Dalai Lama holds special prayers in Sarnath for world peace

January 16, 2009

Sarnath (UP), Jan 14, 2009 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, along with hundreds of Tibetan monks from across the world, offered special prayers for world peace here on Tuesday.
The congregation of praying monks and other devotees expressed concern over the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and elwhere including the alleged Chinese repression in Lhasa.
" We are offering prayers for harmony due to several terrorist activities that takes place in the country such as the recent Mumbai terror attack. A few days back, you must have heard of Chinese repression in Tibet as well, and still there are Tibetans imprisoned there. So we are also offering prayers for their freedom," said Laanga Shite, a monk.
Tibetans living-in-exile have contended that the Chinese atrocities have increased since the Tibetan uprising in Lhasa whereas China blamed the Dalai Lama and his 'clique' for instigating such unrest.
This situation had resulted in riots, which later spilled over to the rest of Tibet and Chinese provinces.
At this congregation of prayers, the monks reiterated that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence and its followers want human beings to live in peace and harmony.
"Buddhism is a religion of non-violence. Buddhism followers across the world want peace to prevail in entire universe. We want that human beings should live in peace and should live together with love. This is our main motive and this is the motive of today's prayers," noted Morogin Sheen, another monk.
The Dalai Lama recently arrived in Varanasi to inaugurate a week-long meditation-teaching programme that was attended by his followers from India as well as abroad.
Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon. (ANI)
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