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Dalai Lama Concludes Kalachakra Initiation - 2004-05-06

The Dalai Lama wrapped up more than ten days of public teachings in Toronto, Canada, wednsday. More than 7,000 people attended the Dalai Lama’s teachings. He imparted his thoughts on the tenets of Buddhism and he told his devotees today, “You have expended a lot of efforts in attending and participating in this series of teachings. All the energy we have spent together will not be wasted.” Interspersing his teachings with quips that brought laughter from the crowd, the Tibetan leader continued his message of peace and compassion that have been the hallmark of his Canadian tour. In the final rite of the ceremony, the Dalai Lama oversaw the dismantling of a sacred mandala, an elaborately decorated floor mural made of colored sands. The dismantling of the Mandala signifies the Buddhist belief in impermanence.