14th Dalai Lama trip to Ladakh to be extended till Sept due to heavy rain


The 14th Dalai Lama’s trip to Ladakh may be extended till September due to heavy rains in Dharamshala and in wake of the tumultuous public reception given to the head of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

While the strategic community is waiting for the Dalai Lama to merely utter the word China during his Ladakh trip, the Living Buddha of Compassion has delivered three days of sermon to his followers and visited a monastery at Padum in the Zanskar region today. That Beijing apparently irked with his travel to Ladakh is a matter of little consequence to the 14th Dalai Lama, who appears to be at peace in the high mountain desert.

“When we landed on July 15, the entire road from Leh to Shewatsei monastery was lined up with people and it took his Holiness nearly 90 minutes to make what is normally a 15 minute ride. His Holiness asked the driver to go slow so that he could see his people and they in turn could see him,” said a close aide of the 14th Dalai Lama over telephone.

The 14th Dalai Lama, however, is not going towards Pangong Tso due to his 87 years and will confine himself to Leh as the dry climate suits him.

Addressing a large gathering at the teaching pavilion earlier this week in Zanskar, Ladakh, Dalai Lama said he has the responsibility to help the residents in whatever aways he can. He stressed that the teachings will only benefit if the listeners also practice what is said.

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