The Dalai Lama Begins Kalachakra Teachings

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama receives the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace from Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter Mahatma Gandhi, as the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay, extreme right,

The Dalai Lama started giving preliminary teachings on the Kalachakra to around 200,000 devotees who have converged from different parts of the world to Bodhgaya, India for this historic religious gathering. The attendees include around 8,000 Tibetans from inside Tibet and 4000 Chinese, out of which roughly 1300 are from the People’s Republic of China.

Before the start of the teachings, the Dalai Lama received the 2011 International Peace and Reconciliation Award instituted by the Durban, South Africa based Gandhi Development Trust. The granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi, presented the award to the Tibetan leader.