Panchen Lama Urges Local Buddhists to Join Government in Disaster Relief


11th Panchen Lama Erdini Qoigyijabu urges local Buddhists to join government in disaster relief on Friday,

photo from China Tibet Information Center.

In a Friday speech, the 11th Panchen Lama Erdini Qoigyijabu, also vice president of the China Buddhist Association, has urged local Buddhists to actively join hands with the government in reducing the aftermath of April 14 magnitude-7.1 Yushu quake that has so far claimed 791 lives.

The Panchen Lama, when sending his condolences to the victims, said he felt deeply sorry about the loss caused by earthquake happened in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China's Qinghai Province. On the wake of the tragedy, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wenjiabao were greatly concerned about the rescue work and affected locals, with Wen himself rushed to the site for guidance.

“I was deeply moved by all that,” said the lama, who prompted Tibetan Buddhist temples to pray for the dead.

“I believe that the locals will soon overcome all the difficulties they have encountered with minimum losses,” the lama added.

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