The Bihar Post

Hollywood star Gere comes out in support of Tibetans, says they need love


By Shalini Sinha

BODH GAYA: Hollywood actor Richard Gere today expressed his full solidarity with Tibetans who joined the Kalchakra puja despite embargo put by the Chinese government.

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Gere who is one of the most high-profile followers of Dalai Lama has been attending his Kalchakra puja.

This was the first time that Gere addressed from the dais and came out in open support of Tibetans.

“I see Tibetan brothers and sisters who had a very difficult voyage to get here. Especially, Chinese government creating more difficulties for them and made every bids to prevent then attending the function,” Gere said in his brief address.

He said Tibetans inside the Tibet are really more in need of love and compassion.

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He said it was an extraordinary opportunity to be in Bodh Gaya and listen to the teachings from Dalai Lama, to see him and to be with him for the last many days, he remarked.

Gere arrived Bodh Gaya with his Spanish girlfriend Alejandra Silva to join the Kalchakra puja.

The puja organizing committee has made Gere’s sitting arrangement on the left side of Dalia’s throne.

The twice divorce divorced American actor who has memorable films to credit such as Pretty Woman and An Officer and a Gentleman has embraced Buddhism.

Being a long time disciple of Dalai, he has been regularly attending Kalchakra puja at Bodh Gaya. This was his fifth visit to the Land of Buddha, reports said.

In 2010, the Hollywood actor had even led a candle light procession of several hundred Tibetans inside the historic Mahabodhi Temple saying he was with the people of Tibet and wanted peace everywhere in the world.

Keeping in view his support for Tibet’s independence, his entry to China remains banned now.

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