Monday, 21 March 2011

Bhutan - Bhutan chips in

Japan Earthquake 19 March, 2011 - Bhutan has contributed USD one million to Japan as an assistance to the relief efforts, following the recent earthquake and tsunami in the country that killed thousands and rendered many homeless.

A three-day Dolma Jigpa Gyedchob ceremony also started in shedras, drubdeys, lhakhangs and goendeys across the country yesterday for the deceased and affected families.

Yangpai lopen Chimmi said the ritual will benefit and promote deliverance of the departed souls. Dolma (Tara) meant one who protects, and Jigpa stood for fearsome calamities and sufferings. Gyedchob referred to someone, who protects from eight forms of disaster and sufferings.

Home Minister Minjur Dorji said the prayers were conducted in hope that they would help those, who left the world and those, who are still suffering.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Japan,” he said. “We are as bereaved.”

On March 13, His Majesty, members of the royal family, cabinet ministers and senior government officials joined in a special prayer session and the lighting of 1,000 butter lamps at Tashichhodzong.

By Tashi Tenzin

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