Dalai Lama in Leh for rest, teachings

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has reached Leh to spend about a month during which he will take rest and deliver lectures, his aides said on Thursday.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has reached Leh to spend about a month during which he will take rest and deliver lectures, his aides said on Thursday.

The Dalai Lama, 81, will offer teachings from August 11 to August 21 in two sessions, an aide said.

The two-day teachings from August 11 will be held at the Thiksey Monastery, located on top of a hill in Thiksey village, 19 km east of Leh in Ladakh. He will also deliver teachings at Shewatsel Teaching Ground here from August 19 to 21.

Over 10,000 followers of the Dalai Lama from aboard and India are likely to attend his teachings, the Tibetan government-in-exile in Himachal Pradesh said. After a day of rest on Tuesday, the Dalai Lama arrived at the main market of Leh where hundreds were waiting to catch a glimpse of him. Later, Muslims in Leh hosted reception for the Dalai Lama. He walked to a mosque built in 1666-67, a post on his official website said.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet during a failed uprising in 1959. 

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