Emotions flow as Dalai Lama Steps on Sarnath Soil

It was a special moment for thousands of  Tibetians who came from far and near places, assembled at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, to welcome their supreme spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who arrived here on a 10-day visit on Wednesday.

“It was a long awaited moment for me” said Tenzing, a youngster who along with others is camping at Sarnath to hear the Dalai Lama. To have a glimpse of their most revered spritual leader the Tibetans with khatas (secred scarf for offering) in their hands qued up along the road leading to the main gate of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies for hours.

It may be mentioned hare that the Dalai Lama will give seven-day teachings on Kamalashila’s The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa) and Shantideva’s A Guide To the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjung) at the Kalchakra ground of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.

During his stay the Dalai Lama will also inaugurate the three-day international seminar on Buddhist religion-philosophy and science on January 15.

Scholars from various parts of country and abroad will take part in the seminar.

A large number of Tibetans from various places arrived at Sarnath to hear the teachings of their spiritual leader. The entire area of Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached his first sermons, is flooded with Tibetan monks and citizens in exile.

For the convenience the volunteers of Tibetan Youth Congress have also created a booth near the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies campus.

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