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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Richard Gere leads candlelight march

January 9, 2010 - January 07, 2010

Bodh Gaya - Hollywood actor Richard Gere led a candlelight march in Bodh
Gaya, during a five-day teaching session by the Tibetan spiritual leader,
the Dalai Lama.

Gere, a close follower of the Dalai Lama and chairman of the International
Campaign for Tibet, reached Gaya incognito to participate in the teaching

Over 500 Buddhist monks from different countries, several Tibetans and
locals participated in the march held as part of a prayer meeting for peace
and prosperity in the world.

"I think people of all true traditions in their hearts know that we really
are brothers and sisters, no matter how big our brains are. If we are living
creatures, we really are here together and we are travelling on the road of
life together, as brothers and sisters. So I am very thankful to be here,
it's not what I had expected. Its really something quite extraordinary,"
Gere told reporters.

Gere, a Buddhist for some 25 years, arrived at Patna on Monday without
informing the state government, and reached Bodh Gaya in a private vehicle.

Around 50,000 people from across the world are expected to assemble in Bodh
Gaya over the five days to hear the Dalai Lama's discourses.

During his stay, the Dalai Lama will inaugurate a multimedia museum and see
new stone carvings depicting scenes from the Buddha's life in the Mahabodhi
Mahavihara premises.
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