STORY: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama held a
spiritual session in India’s northern hill town of Dharamasala to mark the beginning of a sacred Buddhist festival on Thursday (May 16).
The Buddhist festival of Saka Dawa falls on the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar and commemorating the birth, enlightenment and noble activities of Lord Buddha. After addressing the gathering, the Dalai Lama blessed Tibetans and other devotees at the main Buddhist temple Tsuglagkhanghere.
The ceremony was attended by over 4,000 Tibetans including monks, nuns and devotees from different parts of the world.
The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. After a rebellion against the Chinese rule in 1959, the spiritual leader had exiled himself in India and has since been living mostly in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala. The Nobel laureate’s supporters operate a government-in-exile and promote Tibet’s autonomy by peaceful means.