My first priority upon settling in McLeod Ganj was to reconnect with my friend from
As Steve wasn't feeling well enough to attend the second teaching, I met up with two of his friends, sisters Anastasia and Olga (
I spent the following few hours people-watching, observing the clouds roll past the surrounding forest, and gazing out at the distant mountains. I can't claim to have taken anything tangible away from the teaching, but I felt lucky just to be in the right place at the right time.
As the question and answer period wrapped up around 11:30am, a motley crew of tourists, local Tibetans, and monks gathered outside the auditorium's exit to catch a glimpse of HH the Dalai Lama. Our patience was rewarded when he eventually emerged to the tourist paparazzi. I had wanted to shoot on ” continuous”? mode, however it didn't seem to be working with zoom, so I was fumbling around with my camera instead of paying full attention!
I finally got my act together to catch his warm smile and wave as the SUV drove by. It was as if he had rainbows and sunbeams sprouting from his eyes.