Special Prayers For Flood And Mudslide Victims Held In Tokyo


August 23, 2010 10:43 am

Special Prayers For Flood And Mudslide Victims Held In Tokyo [Tibet House Japan, Friday, 20 August 2010]


Tokyo: A
special prayer service for the flood and mudslide victims in India,
Pakistan, Tibet and China was held at Joenji, a Japanese Buddhist
Temple in Tokyo. Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for
Japan and East Asia organised the prayer session which was attended by
around forty Tibetans and Japanese.  Mr Tsewang Gyalpo Arya of
the Liaison Office briefed the gravity of the situation in the affected
area and said that this prayer session is in tandem with the prayers
held in Dharamsala and the Tibetan settlements throughout India and
abroad. He said that people offer their prayers that the souls of the
deceased may rest in peace and for quick recovery of those injured.
They also prayed to avert future occurrences of such catastrophes. Regarding
the mudslide disaster in Drugchu area of Tibet, which claimed the lives
of more than 1,300 Chinese and Tibetans and many rendered homeless, Mr
Arya said that the disaster is viewed by some experts and
environmentalists as “a man made disaster”. “Through this prayer
service, we would also like to appeal to the Chinese leadership to
refrain from further damaging the already fragile ecology of Tibet,” he
said. Mr Lobsang, Vice President of Tibetan Community in Japan
[TCJ] led the prayers. Recitation of Tara and Heart sutra, [Dolma and
Sherab Nyingpo], Guru prayers and Mani mantra etc were offered. As
Tibetan texts with Japanese translation and transliteration were made
available, the Japanese participants also recited the prayers along
with the Tibetans. Japanese version of Heart Sutra, Hangya Shingyo was
also offered. Mr Arya thanked the participants, and took the
opportunity to thank the Japanese public for their generous donation
for Kyegudo Earthquake Relief Fund. A brief report on how the fund has
been transferred to the Relief Committee in India was also made. He
further appealed for similar relief assistance for the affected areas
in Ladakh, and Drugchu in Tibet. The participants offered
butter lamps at the altar, some made donations for the relief
activities. Many expressed shock and sympathy.