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Personal touch with Dalai Lama and photos clicked will not allowed

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Dharamshala. Norms for meeting the Dalai Lama at his residence in McLeodganj would be changed. A decision to this affect was taken at a high level meeting held today keeping in view the age and health of the Dalai Lama.

The meeting was attended, among others, by former PM of Tibetan government in exile and close aide of the Dalai Lama Samdhong Rinpoche and various secretaries of the office of the Tibetan spiritual head.

Sources here said that, henceforth, there would not be any receiving lines for meeting the Dalai Lama. Instead, the Dalai Lama would be giving group audience. In this new practice those seeking audience would gather in group and made to sit in hall. The Dalai Lama would come, sit on chair and give a small talk to the group.

The personal touch with the Dalai Lama and the photos clicked with him would be curtailed. However, limited personal one to one audiences as deemed fit by the mission of the Dalai Lama would be allowed.

Earlier, the Dalai Lama used to meet people seeking audience with in open terrace of his residence at McLeodganj. The people, who were cleared for getting audience by the personal security of the Dalai Lama as well as the Himachal police which provides security to the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj, were made to stand in lines.

The Dalai Lama used to come and stand in porch of his guest room and meet the people. Generally, he used to hold hands of the people coming to meet him and deliver them a spiritual message.

Everyone seeking audience used to get a chance to get a photo click with the Dalai Lama. The photos were clicked by the office of the Dalai Lama and were later soft copies were given to the people.

Sources here said that the decision has been taken keeping in view the health and age of the Dalai Lama.

In the recent past reports went around media regarding ill health of the Dalai Lama. Reports claimed that the Dalai Lama had been suffering from prostate cancer causing concerns among the Tibetans across the world.

The personal physician of the Dalai Lama Dr. Tseten Dorjee had trashed the reports that the Tibetan spiritual icon was suffering from prostate cancer in last stage was terminally ill. – the tribune

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