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Dalai Lama Opens Inter-faith Symposium, Arrives in Varanasi to deliver sermon

January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Varanasi, India, January 7:His Holiness the Dalai Lama today arrived in Sarnath,Varanasi, where he is scheduled to give a week-long teachings from tomorrow on “Kamalashila's The Middling Stages of Meditation (gomrim barpa) and Shantideva's A Guide To the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (chodjug)”. The audio of the teachings will be webcast live on in Tibetan and Russian languages.
His Holiness inaugurated a six-day world religious symposium in Bhavnagar district in western Indian state of Gujarat yesterday. His Holiness considers promotion of religious harmony as one of his three commitments. The Tibetan leader said it is very important to practice religious tolerance for a peaceful world and that all religious faiths preach the same goals. Also present at the symposium was Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of the exile Tibetan government.
Tibetan sweater sellers from nearby cities attended the opening function to get blessing of His Holiness.
After the teachings in Sarnath near the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, the Tibetan leader will attend the opening session of the “International Conference on Buddhism and Science” beginning January 16, 2009.
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