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Dalai Lama returns from US, Canada tour

October 14, 2009

Thaindian News
October 13, 2009

Dharamsala, Oct 13 (IANS) -- Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama, has returned to his official residence in this north Indian
hill town after a three-week visit to the US and Canada, an aide said Tuesday.

"His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) reached his residence this (Tuesday)
morning after a hectic scheduled visit to the US and Canada," Tenzin
Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama's office, told IANS.

Thousands of Tibetans and followers of the Buddhist monk, carrying
traditional white scarves, flowers and incense sticks, lined up on
both sides of the road to welcome their spiritual leader. He had left
Sep 21 for the foreign tour.

The speaker, deputy speaker and standing committee members of the
Tibetan parliament and officials of the government-in-exile received
the Nobel laureate at the Gaggal airport near here.

"During his visit to the US, the Dalai Lama received a human rights
award from US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and met powerful lawmakers,"
Taklha said.

According to an official site of the Central Tibetan Administration,
the Dalai Lama will begin a four-day teaching series for devotees
from Taiwan at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple here, from Oct 15.

The spiritual leader, along with many of his supporters, fled Tibet
and took refuge in this Indian hill station in 1959. He has since
been heading the Tibetan government-in-exile from here.
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