Gaya: Fasting neo-Buddhists in custody

A section of neo-Buddhists sitting on a “fast-unto death” here protesting the alleged “pro-China” bias of Dalai Lama and 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley were taken into custody last night even as the 28th Kalchakra puja began here today amidst tight security arrangements.

World peace possible through ahimsa: Dalai Lama

World peace can be attained only through Lord Buddha’s path of “ahimsa”, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Sunday. “Lord Buddha’s preaching of ahimsa (non-violence) is relevant today as several countries have developed weapons of mass destruction.

World peace possible through ahimsa: Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, left, gives a sermon as other Buddhist monks listen during the inauguration of the Kalachakra festival in the town of Bodh Gaya, believed to be the place where Buddha attained enlightenment, in the Indian state of Bihar, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003. The Kalachakra is the most important ritual of the Mahayana sect of traditional Buddhists. (AP Photo/Vikram Kumar)

Kalchakra rolls without Buddha ashes

Pilgrims thronging Bodh Gaya today witnessed their supreme leaders, the Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa, kick off the Kalchakra festival and joined a mass initiation ceremony later, but missed a glimpse of the “holy ashes” of the Buddha, which are preserved in Patna Museum.

Buddhist festival begins in India

More than 100,000 Buddhists have gathered for the Kalchakra festival at Bodhgaya in the northern Indian state of Bihar. The festival was opened by the Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.