Dalai Lama leaves for Bodhgaya after nearly two years

DHARAMSALA, 19 Dec: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Dharamsala today to head for Bodh Gaya via New Delhi.

The Dalai Lama left Dharamsala- the defacto capital of exiled Tibetans earlier today to Bodhgaya in the Indian state of Bihar.  

As the convoy of the Tibetan leader drove down from Tsuglag-khang, Tibetans and the followers of the His Holiness have lined beside the narrow roads of the hill town to get a glimpse of their spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama’s first itinerary will see him visit Gurgaon Salwan Education Trust, a school near Delhi, on 21 December.

His engagements in Gaya will see him give a three-day teaching on Nagarjuna’s “Commentary on Bodhichitta” at the Kalachakra Teaching Ground in Bodhgaya from 29-31 December. 

On 1 January 2023, the octogenarian Tibetan leader will attend a Long Life Prayer offered to him by the Geluk Tibetan Buddhist Tradition at the Kalachakra Teaching Ground.

The Tibetan Nobel laureate is visiting Bodhgaya after a gap of nearly two years. His last visit to Bodhgaya was in January 2020.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, officials at the Bodh Gaya international airport have said that on average, 5-10 overseas flights, including chartered ones, are landing every day with pilgrims, who visit the Mahabodhi Temple.

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