RELIGION

Dalai Lama Trust offers seating to bereaved families for visit to Christchurch

Saturday 4 June 2011, 7:33AM
By Dalai Lama Visit Trust New Zealand
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CHRISTCHURCH

The Dalai Lama Visit Trust New Zealand announced today that it would offer pre arranged seating to bereaved families for the prayer service and public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Christchurch on June 8th.

Dalai Lama Visit Trust spokesperson Neil Cameron said that they are inviting bereaved families and the families of those who suffered injuries to attend and would provide pre arranged seating close to the stage for those who wished to contact them directly.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will offer prayers and speak publicly at the CBS Canterbury Arena, Addington, at 12 noon on Wednesday June 8th.

“To ensure the absolute care and inclusion of all bereaved or injured family members who may wish to attend this event we are offering to co ordinate their seating arrangements at the venue should they wish to contact us" Neil Cameron said.

His Holiness is expected to greet and share some private words with family members prior to speaking.

Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews from the Christchurch Cathedral will accompany His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the prayer service. "There has been a longstanding and warm relationship between His Holiness and the Christchurch Cathedral, as there has been with the city and His Holiness will be delighted to know that the Bishop is attending, it's going to be a special day for Christchurch" Neil Cameron said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who expressed his sadness in a letter to the Prime Minister at the loss of life, homes, and the suffering of those with personal injury at the time of the February earthquake, has visited the city twice previously in 1992 and 1996.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to arrive at Christchurch International Airport on a scheduled commercial flight at 12.20pm on Tuesday June 7th.