Dalai Lama visits Buddhist community

The Tibetan spiritual leader in exile is visiting a new community centre in Aldershot and giving a speech on Buddhism in the 21st Century

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Hundreds of people are protesting against the Dalai Lama's visit to a community centre in Aldershot.

The Shugden community claim they have been shunned and persecuted by the Dalai Lama. The dispute stems from a difference in religious beliefs.

The Tibetan spiritual leader used to adhere to the same practices as the Shugden but rejected them in 1975.

Hundreds protest Dalai Lama visit

Hundreds of demonstrators are protesting the arrival of the Dalai Lama in Aldershot.

The members of the Shugden Buddhist community say they are being persecuted by the Dalai Lama in places like India and Tibet.

More than 700 protestors are expected at the Buddhist community centre throughout the day.

The Shugden community are Tibetan Buddhists that worship a specific controversial spirit. The Tibetan spiritual leader used to follow Shugden practices but distanced himself from them in 1975.

Members of the Shugden community are protesting the visit Credit: Divya Kohli


Dalai Lama arrives to colourful reception in Aldershot

The Dalai Lama, has arrived in Aldershot to mark the opening of a new Buddhist community centre.

The Tibetan spiritual leader in exile will speak about Buddhism in the '21st Century' and lead prayers for the victims of the recent Nepalese earthquakes

Aldershot has a large Buddhist community Credit: Divya Kohli

The Dalai Lama, who turns 80 next week, is being welcomed by the Buddhist Community Centre UK in Aldershot. The town has a large Nepalese Buddhist community. Tibetan Buddhism is widely practised in Nepal.

A protest has been planned in opposition to the visit by members of the Shugden Buddhist community, who claim to be persecuted by the Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama to visit Aldershot

He's known around the world for spreading a message of peace and today the spiritual leader of Nepal is to visit Aldershot later.

The Dalai Lama has been invited by the expats from Nepal now living in the UK.

In 2012, he addressed the village, speaking about his mutual respect and religious harmony.

The 79-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, will meet with members of the community during today's visit.

The Dalai Lama during his visit to Hampshire three years ago Credit: ITV Meridian
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