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A Tibetan music concert on the sidelines of the Kalachakra.

January 21, 2012

Unity concert

On the last night of the Kalachakra, the Alliance of Tibetan Musicians staged a special Unity Concert. Exile stars Techung, Tsering Gyurme, Michael, and others sang songs about the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama, and Tibet’s freedom struggle before  large banners bearing faces of monks who had self-immolated, offering their bodies as a sacrifice for their nation. 
 
On his last morning in Bodhgaya, The Dalai Lama went to the pipal tree at the Mahabodhi Temple, a place where he has prayed and taught since he took refuge in India in 1959.

The roads were lined with Tibetan pilgrims, waiting for one last glimpse of the great master, upon whom the 32nd Kalachakra organizing committee bestowed the honorary title: “The Supreme Master of Complete Teachings of Lord Buddha, the XIVth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso of Tibet.”

As the Dalai Lama bade farewell to Bodhgaya and drove off with Indian military escorts, the roadways were jammed with buses, land rovers, scooters, and even horse-drawn tongas, carrying pilgrims away with the great Mahabodhi temple dissolving in the mist. 
 
Reported by Maura Moynihan, a freelance correspondent.
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