Mecleodganj: Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama returned to Mecleodganj this morning after concluding his month-long visit to South India and Bodhgaya, Bihar. A large number of Tibetans and devotees lined up the streets leading to Tsuglagkhang temple to welcome The Dalai Lama and his entourage home. Speaker of Tibetan parliament, members of Kashag, Tibetan parliamentarians and other representatives received The Dalai Lama at the Kangra airport. During his visit to South India, The Dalai Lama first stopped by Goa where he delivered a lecture on the Relevance of Ancient Nalanda Teachings in our Modern Times at Goa University. Thereafter, he left for Mundgod Tibetan settlement in Hubli where he gave a series of Buddhist teachings, long-life empowerments and launched multiple events at two great seats of Gelug tradition: Gaden and Drepung from 14 to 22 December 2019.
After the successful completion of the Mundgod visit, The Dalai Lama visited Bodhgaya, Bihar where he gave a series of teachings for five days from 2 to 6 January 2020. Then from 11- 18 January 2020, The Dalai Lama participated in various events and delivered lectures on varying topics. During a short visit to Bihar, The Dalai Lama met with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and The Dalai Lama had discussed a plan of action to establish a Nalanda institute in Bodh Gaya where studies of ancient Nalanda tradition will be taught as an “academic subject and not a religious one”. After concluding his engagements in Bihar, The Dalai Lama left for Delhi and stayed for a day before leaving for Mecleodganj.