Tibetan exiles mourn victims of the earthquake

On April 15th Tibetans gathered at the JamYang Buddhist Center in London to mourn the death of more than a 1000 people after an earthquake that hit their lands.

Monk holds prayer for the victims of the earthquake at London's Buddhist center

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Qinghai province on Wednesday and killed 1144 people while another 417 are still missing.

The area that received the shock is part of the China’s remote Tibetan plateau and is home to a large population of ethnic Tibetans.

The Dalai Lama, who escaped from China and has been in exile since 1959, expressed his desire to visit the quake site. “To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort,” said the tibetan leader.

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Most of the victims were cremated and necessity forced local Tibetans to break with their centuries-old traditions. As the BBC explains, “Tibetans traditionally perform sky burials, which involve chopping a body into pieces and leaving it on a platform to be devoured by vultures.”

Yesterday evening, Tibetans in London held a ceremony to mourn over the death of their fellow countrymen.

Watch my video of the event that was held at the Jamyang Buddhist Center:

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