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Dalai Lama blesses crematorium park, consecrates statue of Amitabha Buddha
By Stanzin Dasal, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LEH:
His Holiness Dalai Lama blessed the 9 feet statue of Amitabha Buddha (Opakmedh) and the crematorium park, 'cemetery of liberation' on 19 July near Petrol pump, Leh. 
 
The 27 kanal crematorium park centrally located is initiated and built by Sheynam Stansrung Tsogspa.  

His Holiness Dalai Lama appreciated the virtuous idea of creating the cemetery of liberation by the society. His Holiness said, “The rituals performed during the last rite definitely benefits the deceased but also, the important part is to cultivate good deeds in present life.”

His Holiness also appealed people to live in harmony.

Talking to the media about the idea of creating a crematorium park, Sonam Dorjey, General Secretary, Sheynam Stansrung Tsogspa said, “Family of the far flung areas suffers from grief and problem when their near and dear one dies in Leh town. There is an issue in performing the rituals for the last rite and also many times they take the body to the native place with all kind of trouble.  Thus, the crematorium is created to help them in performing the funeral process and also we assist the poor and needy to perform all the rituals.”

He further added that another important point is to make people realise the fact of life and death and to eliminate the concept of bad omen attached with the cemetery area.  The park is developed to make the place clean and holy for everyone”, he added.

Geshes Konchok Wangdu explaining the importance of crematorium centre said that the place has been blessed by many Rinpoche and it is one of the holy places. It is created to spark some change in the mind of the people and to make them realise and accept the death. 

The crematorium park is developed with a lush environment which includes six sets of rooms to perform rituals for the funeral, a 9 feet statue of Amitabha Buddha (Opakmedh).

The society has further plan to develop it with different other facilities such as an audio visual program on spiritual mantras and films, cafeteria and a place for prostration. 

 
                   
 
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