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Mongolia Prepares for Visit of Dalai Lama This Month


Mongolia's largest Buddhist monastery says it is preparing for a visit by the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader.

The Gandantegcheling monastery says the Dalai Lama will visit the complex in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, later this month.

The Associated Press quotes exiled Tibetan official in India as confirming the Dalai Lama's plan to visit Mongolia in the coming days. The Dalai Lama's government-in-exile is based in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama's previous visit to Mongolia in 2002 sparked angry protests by China, which views the Buddhist leader as a separatist.

Around half of Mongolia's population follows a form of Buddhism that is related to Tibetan Buddhism. Mongolia and Tibet also have centuries of religious and cultural links
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