The 13th Tibetan Religious Conference began in Dharamshala on Wednesday where religious issues like the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama are likely to be discussed.
The annual event comes after a gap of two years as the programme was cancelled last year ostensibly due to the unavailability of the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.
The Karmapa did not return to India despite repeated prodding by the Dalai Lama who decided to go ahead with the conference in the absence of Dorje who had fled from India last year following money laundering charges.
The Dalai Lama has invited the heads of all the sects of Tibetan Buddhism for the three-day Conference that deliberates on religious issues concerning the Tibetan community. Kagyu sect Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, who is recognised by the Dalai Lama, is facing challenge to his title by Trinley Thaye Dorje who also claims to be the Karmapa of the sect.