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Tibetans accuse Chinese govt of preventing from attending Dalai Lama’s Kalchakra puja


PATNA: The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has accused Chinese government of preventing Tibetans from attending the Kalchakra puja which is scheduled to begin soon at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.

TCHRD is an outfit opposed to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and supporting the freedom of Tibet as an Independent country.

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“They (Chinese government) are violating out religious freedom and preventing Tibetans from attending the Kalchakra puja,” a spokesperson of the TCHRD told the media on Sunday while condemning the alleged Chinese repression.

The spokesperson also accused the Nepal government of harassing the Tibetans community under alleged pressures from China.

“So far, 41 Tibetans have been prevented from participating in this religious event on technical grounds,” the spokesman alleged adding they were stopped within 10 km of Indo-Nepal border.

Of them, two were Tibetan refugees staying in India while the rest 39 were travelling on Chinese passport, he informed.

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The 10-day-long event begins from January 3 at Bodh Gaya—the place where Buddha got enlightenment under the holy peepal tree in the 6th century BC.

Around a million Buddhists from places such as USA, Britain, Germany, France and Switzerland are expected to attend the Kalchakra puja.

According to the official website of the Office of the Dalai Lama, His Holiness, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct Kalchakra rituals from January 3 to 5. His Holiness will be giving the Kalachakra at the request of the Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration, it said.

During this occasion, His Holiness will give preliminary teachings on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Kamalashila’s The Middling Stages of Meditatio, from January 6 to 8.

On January 9, the Kalachakra Ritual Dance will be performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery. His Holiness will confer the Kalachakra Initiation from January 10 to 13.

On January 14, a long life empowerment and offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness will be performed.

The office of His Holiness has suggested the devotees to arrange FM radios sets on their own to listen to the translation saying it will not be possible to get radios in Bodh Gaya.

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