Dalai Lama dubs China's diktat to pilgrims to return before 'Kalachakra' as 'sad'

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): As China recently issued directions to the Tibetans and Chinese pilgrims visiting India to come back before 'Kalachakra' (Wheel of Time) initiations by Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama on Thursday dubbed the diktat as "sad", saying it is an indication whether there is religious freedom or not. After China's diktat, some pilgrims met the Dalai Lama, where he questioned the religious freedom in Tibet. When asked that China had directed the pilgrims to return before Kalachakra, did he meet such pilgrims, the Dalai Lama told ANI, "I met. They were simply crying...crying...crying... crying; very sad; but there is no other choice. I think this is the indication whether there is religious freedom or not." The Dalai Lama left for his visit to Delhi; Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mundgod in Karnataka; and Bodh Gaya in Bihar from the Kangra Airport here. He will give the 34th Kalachakra initiations from January 3-14 in Bodh Gaya. (ANI)