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Lord's gets special Ashes blessing

Lord's gets special Ashes blessing

The Lord's Ground was given a special blessing by five of the Dalai Lama's Gyuto Monks ahead of the Investec Ashes Test match here this month.

Fresh from a performance at Glastonbury Festival, the Monks - whose album, 'Chants: The Spirit of Tibet', is currently number 26 in the Australian Charts - performed Mahakala, a chant for protection, on the outfield.

"They have invoked the spirits of everyone that is involved in the ground," Tibetan Cultural Ambassador Sonam Rigzin told Lord's TV.

Hallowed turf gets blessed

The Monks, who live in exile in Dharamsala, Northern India, with The Dalai Lama, often play cricket during breaks from chanting in the monastery, which on some occasions lasts for up to 18 hours a day.

Rigzin added that although the Monks must remain impartial they believe Australia will have a tough time in the forthcoming Ashes series but are excited by a "good game" between the two sides.

The Monks sprent around an hour at the Ground which they described as the "Spiritual Monastery" of the game of cricket.

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