We knew that HH Dalai Lama was going to be returning to McLeod Ganj sometime in the next few weeks but for security reasons the time and day are not publicised. fortunately we have an inside friend who called us at breakfast yesterday to tell us that his arrival was expected in the next half hour. we gulped down our breakfast and hurriedly went up to the street. (remember the hundreds of steps?) the street was starting to line up with Tibetans, westerners, photographers and a very visible presence of the Indian Army. India is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of HH, so this is of course, a very serious matter. we waited in the midst of incense burning, tibetan flags flying, katas offered, monks and nuns chanting….
it is always wonderful to see his smiling face
ABOVE: thousands of Tibetans from all over India come to receive HH blessing. these people are lined up for an audience with the Dalai Lama.