Dharamsala, or more precisely, its upper part known as McLeod Ganj, is perched on the sides of pine-clad mountains in the Kangra Valley region in the Himalayan foothills. A former British hill station, today it is most famous as "little Lhasa"-the seat of the Tibetan government in exile and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. After the Chinese takeover of 1959, the Dalai Lama, followed by several hundred supporters, fled from Tibet to India by crossing the Himalayas. That was the beginning of Tibetan exodus - now thousands of Tibetans live in exile, and hundreds more arrive every month. When the first refugees arrived in Dharamsala four decades ago, they viewed it as a temporary refuge, hoping to return home soon afterwards. However, as time was slipping away, so was hope. New generation grew up in exile for whom Tibet remains a distant dream... NEXT PAGE>

McLeod Ganj
Buddhist Disputes
at Namgyal Monastery
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