Tibetan Monks in Quake Zone Hold Mass Prayer Service
    2010-04-28 10:02:54     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin
 

More than 120 Tibetan monks from the Thrangu Monastery in China's quake-hit zone of Yushu Wednesday held a mass prayer service to mourn the dead.

It is the largest religious activity ever held in the predominantly Tibetan prefecture, since the 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the area April 14, local officials said.

On a grassland near the airport of Yushu, Qinghai Province, the monks sat on the ground and chanted prayers.

Lodroe Nyima Rinpoche, the living Buddha of the monastery, said before the service that it was being held to mourn thousands of the quake victims and to pay tribute to soldiers who helped the monks in the rescue and the recovery of religious observances.

The 700-year-old monastery was almost completely destroyed by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake and aftershocks, in which at least 2,220 people have been confirmed dead.

A row of prefabricated wooden homes and military tents dotting the grassland make up of the temporary settlement for the monastery's monks.

Twenty-one of the monastery's 230 monks died in the quake.

The monks living in the "tent temple" of Thrangu are among more than 100,000 people left homeless by the quake. About 87 monasteries in Yushu were damaged, with the Thrangu Monastery and two others completely destroyed, according to the rescue headquarkters.

Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Editor's Pick more »

Chinese Press more »

Talk to CRI


M Zone
Tiger Wong Back with Her New Album 'Simple Or Not'
Taiwanese singing star Tiger Wong was back in Beijing on November 27 and 28 for two good reasons.
Duggy Day's Ski Trip to Wanlongbayi
On Sunday November 21st CRI's Duggy Day headed out to Wanlongbayi which is located west of Beijing.
More>>
News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ