Dalai Lama gives first post pandemic sermon in India

STORY: The ceremony, which was held at Tsuglagkhang Buddhist Temple in the town, took place after a gap of two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"First time after the COVID I see such a big community gathering together and it makes me happy," said devotee Monika, who was a visitor from abroad.

A large number of young school students also attended the lessons.

The 83-year-old Noble Laureate advised the students on developing their inner spirituality by practising compassion instead of chasing material happiness, said a student.

The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. After a rebellion against the Chinese rule in 1959, the spiritual leader exiled himself to India and has since been living mostly in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala.

The maroon-robed monk's supporters operate a government-in-exile in India and promote Tibet's autonomy by peaceful means.

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