Dalai Lama begins teaching session in India

STORY: To mark the birth and enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni, the Dalai Lama is holding a two-day teaching session on Tsongkhapa's (founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism) stages to the path to enlightenment at the main Tibetan temple, Tsuglagkhang.

"I am here for His Holiness (the Dalai Lama) to see him, to feel his energy, to bow my head to him," said a devotee, Erina.

The Dalai Lama fled from Lhasa for asylum in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule. He has since lived mostly in the northern hill town, where his supporters run a small government in exile and advocate Tibet's autonomy by peaceful means.

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