Tibetans and Japanese Pray for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

March 19, 2011 11:49 am

Tibetans and Japanese Pray for Earthquake and Tsunami Victims[Saturday, 19 March 2011]


Tibetan community in Japan organised a prayer gathering at Gokokuji
Temple in Tokyo in which some 60 people participated despite the
radiation fear lurking in the city. The prayer gathering was in tandem
with the one held in Dharamsala and other monasteries in India for the
people affected by the massive earthquake in Japan.Mr Tsewang
Gyalpo Arya of Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that
the prayer gathering is for all those who lost their lives in the
disaster, and to pray for a speedy recovery and for those who are still
suffering in the region. “Tibetan people would like to express our
sympathy and solidarity with the Japanese people at this difficult
period. Japan has been a generous nation in the hour of natural
disasters, its time the world repay the debt,” he said.Mr
Lobsang, chairman of the Tibetan community in Japan, thanked the
participants and led the prayers session along with Ven Kobayashi.
Heart Sutra or Sherab Nyingpo was recited many times both in Tibetan
and Japanese during the four-hour prayer service at the Gokokuji Temple.Japanese
participants thanked the organisers and individual Tibetans for
convening this prayer gathering. A lady said in tears that she was
grateful that His Holiness has performed prayers in Dharamsala for the
people who were affected by the unprecedented natural tragedy in Japan.An
earthquake of 9.0-magnitude and the subsequent tsunami struck the
north-eastern Japan on 11 March, which has left thousands dead and
caused huge loss to public property. At the moment the government is
trying its best to control the nuclear plants in Fukushima from