Thousands Flock to Hear Dalai Lama Preach

From Times Wire Reports

Braving snow and crowds, thousands of Mongolian Buddhists gathered to hear the Dalai Lama preach despite China’s criticism of the visit.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spoke for more than two hours at a convention center in the capital, Ulan Bator, that was filled to its capacity of 5,000. Hundreds stood outside to listen over loudspeakers.

The Dalai Lama arrived Monday on his first visit in nearly seven years to Mongolia, which shares religious and cultural ties with Tibet. China occupied Tibet in 1950.