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Dalai Lama Decries Materialism, Violence

January 18, 2003|From Wire Service Reports

GAYA, India — The Dalai Lama led Tibetan Buddhists' highest worship ceremony, calling for the rejection of materialism, greed and violence.

"Money breeds greed, jealousy and other social vices. It can never bring joy," the spiritual leader said this week as he led 20,000 Tibetans from across the world in the prayer ceremony called Kalchakra, or Wheel of Time.

It is the biggest annual gathering of Buddhism's Mahayana sect.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 with thousands of supporters after a failed uprising against China. Since then, he has headed a government-in-exile in the northern India town of Dharmsala.

The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his nonviolent struggle against Chinese rule of his homeland.

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