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Dalai Lama Concludes Kalachakra Initiation - 2003-01-21


Despite a threat from some Indian monks to immolate themselves, the biggest religious gathering in Tibetan Buddhism concluded peacefully Monday with the departure of the Dalai lama. The Kalachakra Initiation held at the Bodh Gaya complex in eastern Bihar state --- where Buddhists believe the founder of their religion received enlightenment --- drew an estimated 200,000 devotees. The Dalai Lama headed Monday to a conference in Varanasi and then scheduled to return to Dharmsala.

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