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His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to ceremonial welcome in Dharamsala

October 15, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 13, 2009

Dharamshala -- After successfully concluding a
19-day visit to Canada and the United States, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama returned to a ceremonial
welcome in Dharamsala this morning.

Thousands of Tibetans in their traditional dress
carrying Khata or traditional white scarves,
flowers and incense, joined by local Indian
residents and well-wishers, lined up on both the
sides of the road to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The speaker, deputy speaker and standing
committee members of the Tibetan Parliament,
Kalon Tripa received His Holiness at the Gaggal
Airport near Dharamsala. Representatives from
both official and non-governmental organisations
were also present at the airport for the reception.

Other dignitaries of the Central Tibetan
Administration, including the Chief Justice
Commissioner, justice commissioners, members of
Tibetan Parliament, members of the Kashag, heads
of autonomous bodies and secretaries of the
departments welcomed His Holiness at his residence.

The highlight of the US and Canada visit included
the conferment of the first-ever Tom Lantos Human
Rights Award on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His
Holiness's meeting with the US governmental
officials and members of Congress, bestowing of
the Light of Truth award on Chinese writers by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On 15 October, His Holiness will begin a four-day
teaching series on The Diamond Sutra (dorjee
chotpa), Geshe Chekewa's Seven Point-Mind
Training (lojong dhondunma) and Tsongkhapa's The
Three Principal Paths (lamtso namsum) at the
request of Taiwanese devotees at Tsuglagkhang,
the main Tibetan temple in Dharamsala. His
Holiness will confer the Avalokiteshvera
Initiation (chenresig wang) on the last day, 18 October.

 From 20 to 22 October, His Holiness will give
teachings on The Four Noble Truths (denpa shi) at
the request of a group of Southeast Asian Buddhists.
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