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Karmapa presides over peace prayer at Bodhgaya

PTI | Last Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 18:13

Bodhgaya: Six months after the Buddhist shrine was rocked by serial bomb blasts, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorjea on Friday led a special prayer here to reaffirm the Buddhists` commitment to non-violence.

Thousands of people from across the Himalayan region and 30 other countries prayed for peace, a statement from the Karmapa`s office said.

"No bomb can destroy Buddha`s love or blessings," it quoted the Karmapa as saying.

"It will not help if we respond to violence with more violence," it added.
On July 7 last year, 10 explosions took place inside the Buddhist shrine at Bodhgaya and other spots in the sacred town, about 100 km from Patna. Two Buddhist monks, including one from Myanmar, were wounded in the blasts.

Later, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed that the dastardly act was committed by Indian Mujahideen terrorists.

First Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 18:13

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