I was reading through the NY Times online and found a picture of the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa that grabbed my eyes. Then I took a second, closer glance at the picture… it looked very familiar… after reading the article, I realized that I was at the Dalai Lama’s temple that day! I saw that picture live!
Participating in the prayers and chanting with the Dalai Lama was an amazing opportunity that I will never forget. The energy in the temple was so alive and pure. It was a feeling I want to recreate everyday.
Additionally, the NYT picture reminded me of my 2+ hour stay at the police station. All of that craziness ensued because of my desire to interview the Karmapa for a documentary I’m working on. Thankfully, everything went smooth at the police station and I was granted an interview with the Karmapa. I’m pretty sure the interview went awesome, but the Karmapa spoke in Tibetan… and I don’t speak any Tibetan… so I really have no clue what he was talking about. But, he sounded like he was engaged in my questions and it was a fun experience, so I’m happy 🙂
The NYT article gives a good summary about the shift in leadership that the Tibetan culture is facing. Click here to read the article. If you do read the article, comment back here… how do you think the next Dalai Lama should be selected?
Some pics from the Dalai Lama’s temple: