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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Preserve Buddhist culture, Dalai tells Bomdi-la people

November 15, 2009

Times of India
November 13, 2009

Bomdi-la -- The long-cherished dream of people of
Bomdi-la, a tranquil and desolate township in
Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district, was
fulfilled on Friday when they got a glimpse of
the Dalai Lama who arrived here the previous day.

The town wore a colourful look with flags
containing Tibetan motifs and inscriptions of
Buddhism fluttering. Shops downed shutters and
over 10,000 devotees thronged the Buddha Stadium
to listen to the Tibetan leader to get lessons on
truthfulness, peace and tolerance the essence of Buddhism.

As soon as the Dalai Lama started his speech,
everbody was all ears and an aura of spirituality
was unmistakable. The Tibetan leader exhorted the
people of this remote place to preserve Buddhist
tradition and culture and live in harmony to usher in development.

The Dalai Lama also attended a cultural programme
organized by local youths in his honour and
visited the Gryl Monastery where he was given a
traditional reception. On Saturday, which also
happens to be the Children's Day, the spiritual
leader is scheduled to meet kids and monks from
different institutions before leaving for
Itanagar where he would offer prayers at
Sidhartha and Thupten Gatsalling gompas. He will
also interact with intellectuals and people at the Banquet Hall.

On Thursday, the Dalai Lama was accorded a warm
reception at Bomdi-la helipad by MLAs RT
Khunjuju, Kumsi Sidisow, deputy commissioner, SP,
monks of Thubchog Gastsel-Ling and Gaden
Rabgyal-Ling monasteries and devotees. People
were all along the road which the Tibetan leader
was scheduled to take on his way to Thubchog Gastsel-Ling monastery.
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