Thousands of devotees from Tibet and across the world have started to arrive at Bodh Gaya, India, where the Dalai Lama will be giving teachings and empowerments on the Kalachakra Tantra starting next week.
Preparations for the event including logistical planning for housing and related facilities have been in the works for over a year. Since the local inventory of hotels and guest houses are inadequate to house the 300,000 people that are expected to attend the 11 day event, a temporary camp comprised of 4000 tents is being set up in the compound of Magadha University. While people have started to occupy many of the tents, the organizing committee is still facing a range of problems providing many basic necessities such as electricity, water and toilet arrangements for the camp.
The situation is already beginning to cause problems for the early arrivals and many have started moving to other places near the main temple. The organizers told VOA that they are working to resolve the problems and that conditions will improve shortly.