Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Strange Coincidence?

-->A friend from New Delhi, India writes as follows, in response to my posts on the tragic loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. When he mentions “yesterday”, he means 25th June, 2012 - one day later than our own tragedy.

Dear Yeshey,

Please accept our deepest sympathies over the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Although Buddhism encourages non-attachment to material things, the loss of the immaterial things, the heritage and culture embodying almost four centuries of Bhutan's culture, will be the deepest blow.

For some reason such tragedies in the Himalayan region seem to be interlinked. In Srinagar, the shrine of Peer Dastageer Sahib, an 11th century saint, also burned to the ground yesterday. It was more than a century old, and one of the few places of peace in a deeply conflicted place.

It will hardly be a consolation that one hurt is matched by another, but I thought you may have liked to know.

With all our love,

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