BODH GAYA: Odkhuu Batjargal, a pilgrim from Mongolia told Tibet.net in an interview today that the Mongolian people pray and hope for His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Mongolia again in the future and that in case that doesn’t happen, it would cause huge distress and worry among the people.
Mr Batjargal is one among the thousands of Mongolian devotees who had come to Bodh Gaya to receive the Kalachakra teachings from His Holiness. “I feel extremely happy and fortunate to be able to receive the Kalachakra teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I had the opportunity to attend his teachings and talk in Mongolia in November last year,” he said.
When asked about the Mongolian government’s recent decision to ban the Dalai Lama’s visit, subduing to China’s political intimidation, he said, “It is a political situation and politics, by nature, is bound to change. We are hopeful that the situation will change in time and the people of Mongolia will be able to receive his blessings.”
“Our faith and devotion for His Holiness remains indomitable and pure.“ he said firmly.
The Tibetan spiritual leader has a huge following in Mongolia. During his last visit, thousands of his followers braved the coldest winter in a decade and travelled hundreds of miles to have a glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The visit triggered strong protest from China. In response to the allowed visit, China delayed talks of a huge loan and imposed new fees on a key border point between the two countries. China has long been campaigning for diplomatic boycott of the 81 year old Noble Laureate, although His Holiness has consistently stated that he is not seeking independence but genuine autonomy that assures basic freedom for the Tibetan people.
The Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil, in an interview, pledged to allow no more visits of the Buddhist leader to Mongolia, even for religious purpose.