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Meeting His Holiness


What can I say? It's everything you'd imagine it to be and more. I'll try not to use too many more clich├ęs.

Firstly, Pala found out I don't have a chuba--the traditional Tibetan dress outfit--and made me wear his. As it turns out, we're exactly the same size, and I felt really wonderful wearing it.


All of the alumni were invited as well, though only we "current batch" students could speak. We'd prepared five questions, and mine was #5--so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to ask it. But His Holiness seemed to have in his mind that we'd get five questions, and we did. We asked him about personal inspiration, achieving inner peace as a means towards world peace, and other topics I can't remember right now--but I eagerly look forward to seeing the recording of the meeting.

My question was, "Given that different religions have beliefs that are conceptually and practically incompatible with one another, how does one effectively adopt ideas and practices from different traditions into one's own life?" I don't want to say anything about what he said in response because several of us have been arguing that ever since. They say the Buddha would give multiple teachings simultaneously to people of different dispositions... so who knows?

In any case, he spent over 70% of the time while answering the question looking directly at me. That may have been the most intense gaze I've ever seen. But it's the kind of intensity you can hold, because His Holiness has a certain aura about him--incredible power but presented in the softest, most gentle and welcoming way possible. Later on we'll be meeting with His Holiness the Karmapa, a much younger man who's a similarly high lama and I look forward to comparing the two.

But for now... I MET THE DALAI LAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo credit: Tenzin Choejor

Posted by cageissler 04:51

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What a charming outfit Chris!

How wonderful for you to have met The Dali lama! Did you sing ....Hello Dali well hello Dali I'm so glad to have you back where you belong!

I doubt it? Musical's and spiritual world leaders don't have much in common! My own cousin, Stuart Sender is the Dali Lama's friend having done a Documentary Movie about his life!

Maybe you should bring him some handmade pottery?

As always ,your blog is exciting and I always wish you the most wonderful time! Warmly Don

by Don Nose

The picture I've been waiting for so patiently.
His HH Dali Lama! Can't wait to hear more!

by Ann Geissler

(I mean, the Dalai Lama's pretty cool too.)

by Eugenia

Don! No, I didn't even think of the song. But it wouldn't be appropriate because "I'm so glad to have you back where you belong," won't apply unless/until he's able to return to Tibet.

I'll be sure to post a link to the video if/when it becomes available.

by cageissler

OK,you got five questions to ask. Pick four of the best that you can answer at next year's Passover Sedar. Now here's MY question: Is that a flying carpet your ALMOST standing on? If it is, I suggest you move stage left a few feet and more to the front. Otherwise, when it takes off, you could be left behind when the "current batch" takes off!

by Norman

Edit note: Pls change my last note to read
"that you're " standing on...I didn't mean to say
"your"...20 lashes.

by Norman

Chris, amazing! I'm so happy for you. You have been looking forward to this for so long, it's terrific that it's finally happened. Surely you will treasure this experience forever.

by Marshal

Dear Chris, I wonder why he chose to look directly at you so long? Do you think he was able to detect your extraordinary persona by just observing you? A remarkable man who is in tune with energy and nuances can see who you are! I wish Thiemba was there to study along with you!!She would be in heaven! I love your blog and savior every word! Warmly Don

by Don Nose

Oh my God! I've already ranted on Facebook about how jealous I am, of course... SOMEDAY I will track down the Dalai Lama as well!
That's so incredible that he looked at you like that for so long. I'm sure you'll never forget that feeling.

And you look so cool in that dress oufit -- you should wear it all the time! If you are reborn, it will definitely be as a Tibetan...

by Naia

Chris, great to know about this meeting of you and the Dalai Lama as one of the highlights of your experience! I hope that you will sometime post SOMETHING about what he said in response to you because you posed a great question . . . and that you are arguing about it with others who were there piques my interest!
By the way, Ben is (for a few days) on the same continent as you; he is checking out Istanbul, which we've read is the only city in both Europe & Asia. Take care, and thanks for the great blog posts-- Rachel Goossen

by rachelwg

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