Over 200,000 Buddhists are expected to attend the Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra Teachings in Bodh Gaya, India, beginning from January 12, 2003, Indian and Tibetan officials say.

As of January 3, 2003, around 70,000 Buddhists, including Tibetans, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Sikkimese, and Ladakhis, had reached Bodh Gaya.

The Dalai Lama is arriving in Bodh Gaya on January 7, 2003.

This is the third Kalachaka Teachings that the Dalai Lama has given in Bodh Gaya. The previous teachings were held in 1974 and 1985. The 1985 teachings attracted over 150,000 people.

The Tibetan Department of Religion and Culture is working in close coordination with officials of Bihar state as well as Gaya district in making logistical arrangements for the teachings.

Tibetans residing in Nepal are being issued a special permit for passage to Bodh Gaya by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, according to the Office of Tibet in Nepal.

Tibetan pilgrims who come from Tibet are being assisted by the Tibetan Reception Centre in Kathmandu so that they can attend the teachings.

“The Indians and foreigners, who wish to attend the Kalachakra pooja, are (being) registered for the entry pass issued by the Department of Security of Central Tibetan Administration,” according to Mr. Masood Butt, Media Coordinator of DIIR. They need to bring two passport photos and valid passport to the office in the courtyard of the Mahayana Guest House. Media accreditation is being issued by Tibetan Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR).

A special seating area (entry through Gate No. 2) has been set up for Indians and foreigners attend the teachings, according to DIIR.

Three tent camps have been set up for the devotees. Medical clinics are being set up by the Tibetan Department of Health and the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute.