Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Report: Buddhist monastery in Lhasa, Tibet, to reopen

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities opened a Buddhist monastery in Tibet's capital to tourists and followers this week for the first time since last month's deadly riots, state media reported Tuesday.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, the Sera Monastery opened its doors on Monday and other monasteries will also be reopened soon. They were closed following anti-government riots in Lhasa on March 14.

"Monks have been taught legal knowledge in recent days and the monastery has resumed normal religious activities," Tenzin Namgyal, deputy director of the Tibet Autonomous Regional Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee, was quoted as saying.

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