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Dalai Lama donates money for cyclone victims

Jun 12, 2008 (DVB), His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet made a second contribution on Monday of INR 500,000 for victims in cyclone-devastated Burmaa dn offered words of support to survivors.

The donation was received by Dr Tint Swe of the exile National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma in New Dehli, India.

The Dalai Lama said he wanted to share the suffering of those who had been injured or lost loved ones in the cyclone.

"Millions have suffered in the cyclone. As a Buddhist, I pray for those who passed away and those still alive," he said.

"I want to share the suffering of the survivors and pray that they recover soon if they have any physical injuries or illness. For those who lost their friends or children I want to share their pain."

The exiled Tibetan leader has been a firm supporter of Burma's democratic struggle and of calls for the release of his fellow Noble Peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

When asked for a message to the people of Burma, the Dalai Lama urged the people not to be shaken by tragedies and to keep working hard for democracy, the rule of law and equality for all.

"Your struggle is a just struggle so I always pray for that. Please keep your minds focused on justice," he said.

The Dalai Lama made his first donation of 50,000 USD for cyclone-affected people through the International Committee of the Red Cross just after the cyclone struck the country in early May.

Reporting by Moe Aye

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