Prayer sessions at Mahabodhi Temple

23 December.

We gathered at 5 am in the hotel lobby for the prayer sessions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and ISFB participants at the Mahabodhi Temple, where Shakyamuni Buddha got enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
Many people were already queuing up, even though it was still dark.
There is ample space for meditation under the large Linden tree behind the Mahabodhi Temple, where ISFB participants line up by country and wait for His Holiness to arrive.
After a short Dharma talk, each country chanted mantras and offered prayers in their way for about three minutes each.
No mobile phones or cameras are permitted (Normally, you can only bring a camera if you pay for it.

You can watch the video at the folloing link.

Japan from about 35:35 mins