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Dalai Lama visits Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya

On December 21, he met the members of an Inter-Faith Forum from Gaya, comprising Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Brahmakumaris at his local residence Gaden Phelgyeling.

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday paid a visit to Mahabodhi temple before concluding his 17-day long visit to Bodh Gaya.

Thousands of pilgrims gathered on the streets to catch a glimpse of the Buddhist leader who is scheduled to depart for Delhi.

In Bodh Gaya, Dalai Lama gave a series of Buddhist teachings to underscore the essence of Buddha dharma and encouraged devotees to observe ‘ahimsa,’ or non-violence, in their conduct, ‘karuna,’ or compassion, as their motivation, and care for the needy.

On December 19, he inaugurated the First Conference of Scholars of Different Traditions on Jé Tsongkhapa’s ‘Essence of True Eloquence’ organised by Kirti Monastery and laid the foundation stone for the prospective Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Nalanda Academy.

On December 21, he met the members of an Inter-Faith Forum from Gaya, comprising Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, and Brahmakumaris at his local residence Gaden Phelgyeling.

The next day, His Holiness inaugurated an International Seminar on the Tipitaka/Tripitaka organized by the Buddhist Thai-Bharat Society, the Dalai Lama Trust and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), Sarnath.

He imparted two-day teachings on ‘The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas’ and ‘Commentary on Valid Cognition’ on December 24 and 25. On December 26, 28, and 30, Dalai Lama gave empowerments on Solitary Hero Yamantaka, ‘Manjushri Cycle of Teachings’ and on White Heruka.

Finally, on December 31, he presided over a long life prayer offering made in his honour by the Central Tibetan Administration, Namgyal Monastery and the Shelkar Ngashap.