Dalai Lama Addresses Tens of Thousands at Major Buddhist Gathering

The Tibetan spiritual leader spoke ahead of this year’s Kalachakra empowerment in Bodh Gaya, India, the site of the historical Buddha’s enlightment.

2017.01.05
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Theravada monks recite a scripture in Pali at the start of the Dalai Lama's teachings in Bodh Gaya, Jan. 5, 2017. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama addresses a major Buddhist gathering in Bodh Gaya, India, Jan. 6, 2017. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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The Dalai Lama and leaders of major religious traditions take part in a symbolic ceremony of pouring water over a globe, Bodh Gaya, Jan. 6, 2017. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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The Dalai Lama addresses devotees in Bodh Gaya, Jan. 6, 2017. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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Hollywood actor Richard Gere attends the Buddhist gathering in Bodh Gaya. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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Tibetan monks take part in the Bodh Gaya gathering. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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A painting of a mandala, a Buddhist symbol representing spiritual principles. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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Monks from Namgyal Monastery prepare a sand mandala in Bodh Gaya. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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More than 100,000 people attend the Dalai Lama's teachings in Bodh Gaya. Photo: RFA/Tibetan Service

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