Dalai Lama to visit Bodh Gaya from Jan 5 to 8

by BIJENDER SHARMA, Punjab News, January 4, 2010

BODH GAYA, India -- The Tibetan Spritual Leader His Holiness will give teachings at Bodh Gaya, India, from 5 – 8 January.

Audio webcasts in English, Tibetan and Chinese will be available. There will be a live audio webcast in Tibetan language only.

His Holiness will preach 'Nagarjuna's In Praise of the Transcendental' (jigten ley depar toepa); Atisha's 'Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment' (jangchup lamdron); Longchen Rinpoche's 'Mind In Comfort and Ease' (semnyid nyelso) and Tsongkhapa's 'Short Version of the Stages of the Path To Enlightenment' (lamrim dhuedhon).

Over 50,000 people from all over the world are expected to assemble at Bodh Gaya’s Kalachakra ground to hear a discourse by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, IANS report said.

Thousands of Tibetans have already arrived in Bodh Gaya from all across India to attend His Holiness Dalai Lama’s teachings. A local police officer said Bodh Gaya has turned into a mini-Tibet with the huge gathering of Tibetans.

The 1,500-years-old holiest Buddhist shrine Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya, 110 km from Patna, is where the Buddha attained enlightenment 2,550 years ago.