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Dalai Lama back to Dharamsala after successful tour of India

January 25, 2008

Dharamsala, January 23, 2008: (Phayul) His Holiness the Dalai Lama
arrived Dharamsala, his exile base in India, yesterday after
successfully completing 23-day long visit covering different places in
India.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the former Indian President Dr A P J
Abdul Kalam were the chief guests at the formal launch of the Global
Foundation for Civilisational Harmony [India] (GFCH) in Delhi yesterday
before the Tibetan leader returned to Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama had earlier left his exile seat on December 31, shortly
after conducting a five-day teaching at the request of Mongolian Buddhists.

During the 23-day tour, His Holiness attended various events, giving
teachings and delivering series of lectures in Mungod, Bangalore,
Ahmedabad and Delhi.

The first leg of His Holiness' journey took him to the Tibetan
settlement in Mungod, South India where His Holiness gave teachings from
3 to 13 January 2008. During the teaching His Holiness was presented
with auspicious offering by the Central Tibetan Administration to
express its gratitude to the great service His Holiness has rendered to
the Tibetan people in particular and world in general.

On 14 January His Holiness conferred long life empowerment to the
devotees followed by long life offering ceremony for His Holiness.

His Holiness left Mungod on 16 January and arrived in Bangalore where
His Holiness visited Sera Je Monastery's temple and later attended 77
birthday celebrations for Indian leader George Frenandes.

His Holiness then left for Ahmedabad on 18 January to launch the Tibet
Festival jointly organised by the Department of Information and
International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration, Kanoria
Centre for Arts, Darpana Academy and Alliance France d'Ahmedabad.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the students and faculty members
of the famed Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad on business and
ethics on 18 January.

On 19 January His Holiness spoke on Globalisation and World Peace at the
Gujurat Vidyapeeth University. On the same day, He also addressed the
Tibetan community living in Gujurat and Rajasthan.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Ahmedabad on 20 January for Delhi and
on 21 January, His Holiness gave a public talk on 'Ethics and Human
Values' to a packed audience at the Delhi University's Convention Hall .

His Holiness was the chief guest along with the former Indian President
for the formal launch of the Global Foundation for Civilisational
Harmony [India] on Tuesday morning and arrived in Dharamsala later in
the afternoon.
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