Dalai Lama Leaves for 3 Day Ladakh Visit

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama left Dharamsala for flood-ravaged Leh in the himalayan region on Monday morning. During his three day visit to Ladakh, the Dalai Lama will lead a prayer ceremony at the Main Jokhang Temple in Leh Town for the recent flood victims.

On Tuesday morning, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to address the Kargil public at an event organized by the Kargil Community. He will visit Mulbekh in the afternoon and address the public. On Wednesday, the Dalai Lama will confer the Avalokiteshvera Initiation at Bodhkharboo.

The Dalai Lama first visited Ladakh in 1967, followed by frequent visits to Leh, Nyuma, Hanle, Zanskar and Nubra to give teachings to the large number of Buddhists residing in the region. The Tibetan leader also gave Kalachakra initiations in Leh in 1976 and in Zangskar in 1988.

Chimme Rigzin Choekyappa, private secretary to the Dalai Lama said following his 3 day Ladakh visit, the Tibetan leader will visit Hungary followed by visit to Germany and Poland. The Dalai Lama will be awarded honorary citizenship in Budapest and Freedom Award in Pasal, Germany.

The Dalai Lama visited Hungary first in 1982, Germany in 1973 and Poland in 1993. He will depart for Dharamsala in Northern India on September 24.