Dalai Lama visits Leh

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Monday visited the flood-ravaged areas of Leh.

Leh: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama on Monday visited the flood-ravaged areas here and addressed
the affected people telling them that they were not alone in
their suffering as people in neighbouring Pakistan and China
had also suffered similar natural disasters.

Accompanied by J and K Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora and a
number of officials, the Tibetan temporal head went straight
to the rehabilitation camp at the worst-hit Choglamsar where
his followers accorded him a warm welcome with flowers and
incense sticks in hands.

Addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama said, "I am here
for you people. Those who lost their dear ones in the floods
should not feel pain as the devastation was not only confined
to Leh. Devastating natural disaters also occurred in
neighbouring Pakistan and China."

Noting that nature`s fury was collective result of human
sins, he laid emphasis on the need for inner purification,
communal harmony and peace and asked people to recite the
Buddhist Manay (Buddhist religious mantras) at least one to
six lakh times a day.

He was delivering his address in the Tibetan language
which was being translated into the local Ladakhi dialect for
the convenience of the gathering.

From Choglamsar the Dalai Lama went to the main Buddhist
monastery at Chokang and addressed the flood victims asking
them to lead a morally pure and spiritually exalted life.

His Holiness attended a huge gathering at Lamdom ground,
where lakhs of people gathered to seek his blessings. He
delivered a sermon there before concluding with special
prayers for the peace of those killed in the floods.