Monday, April 19, 2010

Dalai Lama Might Visit China

Today, a petition requesting for permission for Dalai Lama to visit the earthquake site in Qinghai was received by both the President of China, Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao. The petition first appeared in a Chinese website but it however did not mention the source of the petition.

Tibetan Prime Minister in exile, the Kalon Tripa, said today that the Dalai Lama would naturally wish to visit the earthquake-hit Tibetan area of Kyegundu, Kham, in present-day Qinghai, where hundreds of people have died after a quake of 6.9 magnitude struck

Below is the said petition which was originally written in Tibetan.

Dear President Hu and Premier Wen.
When we suffered the enormous natural disaster of the earthquake, your Party and government immediately dispatched officials and soldiers and forces from all areas of society to rescue us, the victims, and we in the disaster area are extremely thankful for the government's help. But we are masses with a religious faith and for generations upon generations we Buddhists have believed in Gwalya Rinpoche the Dalai Lama. At such a time as this when we have suffered such a terrible blow we are in urgent need of the Dalai Lama to come to our disaster area and provide salvation for our dead and comfort for our wounded souls. President Hu and Premier Wen, we request that in your gracious benevolence you may satisfy the wishes of the people in the disaster area. We Tibetan victims in our tens of thousands plead with the Party and central government to set aside your grudges against the Dalai Lama for the sake of the people in the disaster area. We only wish the Dalai Lama to come to the disaster area to offer salvation for our dead and prayers for the victims. There is no other purpose to this than that of religious faith. It is only by means of the Dalai Lama

visiting here to pray for our comfort that the wounds in our souls may be healed, and aside from this there is no better means.

( At time like this, politics should be put aside. I hope the Chinese government will grant Dalai Lama the permission to visit the site to offer prayers to the victims there )