Dharamshala: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today returned to his exile home of Dharamshala, North India to a grand welcome by Tibetans, local residents and foreigners.
His Holiness arrived at the Kangra Airport at around 10 am with artistes of the Thangtong Lugar drama school performing the ceremonious ‘Tashi Sholpa dance’ and the school band of the Tibetans Children’s Village, Gopalpur playing Tibetan welcome tunes.
His Holiness who was arriving from a 13-day visit of the United States was received at the airport by Tibetan dignitaries led by Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, representative of the Tibetan Youth Congress amongst others.
On a rare clear morning of Dharamshala monsoon, nuns from nearby nunneries and students from the College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah lined up outside the airport with offerings of incense and khataks. Further onto the 20 km road towards Dharamshala, monks from the Nechung and Gadong Monasteries played religious instruments welcoming the 76-year old Tibetan leader while students and staff of the Tibetan Children’s Village, Lower Dharamshala, Tibetan Transit School and staff of the Central Tibetan Administration lined-up besides specially erected gates.
Nearing Mcleod Ganj, students and staff of the Tibetan Children’s Village, Upper Dharamshala and the local populace lined up in unbroken rows up till the main temple as artistes of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts performed the ‘Tashi Sholpa dance’.
During the present trip His Holiness visited Washington DC and Chicago conferring the Kalachakra initiations and attending interfaith meetings. The Tibetan spiritual leader also met with President Barack Obama in the White House and held meetings with American law makers in the Capitol Hill.
According to the website of the Private Office, His Holiness’ next overseas visit is scheduled for August 13, 2011.