I’ve had the privilege of seeing many extraordinary things… Stonehenge, Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu to name of few. But one of the most beautiful—is not ancient architecture, or a stunning vista—it was an elderly Tibetan gentleman’s devotion to his spiritual leader.
The place was McLeod Ganj, India, home of the exiled Dali Lama, and the occasion—His Holiness was teaching. I had positioned myself outside of Tsuglagkhang Temple so I could catch a glimpse of the Dali Lama as he entered and exited the building. I stood amongst throngs of foreigners and Tibetans in the collective buzz of anticipation that awaited his arrival.
When the Dalai Lama walked past the expression on the face an elderly Tibetan demanded my attention. His eyes gently held onto His Holiness with a reverence that spilled over into every deeply etched line in his face.
He then, turned to me with his hand over his heart to ask, “Happy? Happy?”
“Yes,” I told him.
How could I not be? I had seen the Dali Lama. And, I had the honour of witnessing the beauty of pure love, which resided in the eyes of an elderly Tibetan gentleman.
I wish I were brave enough or perhaps, intrusive to take close-up pictures of people as I would love to have been able to share one of those brilliant Tibetan faces (in particular, the gentleman whom I am writing about) with this post. Unfortunately, I was not. But here is a picture from the day I witnessed pure love.