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Thousands throng Indian hill town to attend Dalai Lama’s teachings

Published: February 19, 2019

STORY: More than 10,000 people from across the globe gathered in India’s northern hill town of Dharamsala to attend a teaching session by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Tuesday (February 19).

The devotees converged at the main temple Tsuglagkhang to listen to the spiritual leader’s first sermon of the year.

The event coincided with the last day of ‘The day of Miracles’, a 15-day period which is considered a karmic merit multiplying day in Buddhism.

“Today is one of the main day that Lord Buddha had- we call it the miracle day- he debated with some non-Buddhist kind of spirit and he defeated some kind of ‘Mara’, we call it the Mara, it’s kind of the devil,” said one of the devotees at the event.

India is home to almost 100,000 Tibetans.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing a failed uprising against Chinese rule of his homeland in 1959. A government of exiled Tibetans and tens of thousands of refugees are also based in Dharamsala in northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

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