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Meeting:The Dalai Lama
TenzinGyatso was born in 1935 in Taktser, Qinghai, Tibet and he is the 14thDalai Lama. He is a renowned spiritual figure and a political rulerof the Tibetan people. Dalai Lama is understood to be hispredecessors’ reincarnation and is highly praised for establishingthe Tibetan Government while he was in exile in Dharamshala, HimachalPradesh, India. In 1989, he became famous for receiving the NobelPeace Prize for Tibetan liberation struggle and efforts to advocatefor a peaceful resolution rather than using violence (Helen 5).Therefore, this imagination paper focuses on my own experience andpleasure of meeting a renowned, influential and spiritual leader, the14thDalai Lama, who shared his views on issues hovering around Tibetanfreedom and reaction of India towards social media such as facebookand twitter.
Iimagined meeting Dalai Lama in Washington, DC on a Friday morning. Hehad just arrived in the US for a three-week speaking visit, and hecommenced his tour by sparing his precious time with me for athorough interview that encompassed a host of topics. We sat togetherwith His Holiness in Hotel Palomar for forty five minutes. Everybodyincluding a couple of men who had accompanied him and a dozen ofsecurity professionals from the State Department were very keen onfollowing our conversation that swung from an ordinary interview tothe spiritual lesson. Dalai Lama shared his views on nearlyeverything ranging from Tibetan freedom and reaction between Chinaand India towards the Social media. Further, he offered his thoughton His Holiness Pope Francis and emphasized on how people shouldfollow church doctrines in resolving conflicts as opposed to use ofviolence.
Ihad envisaged meeting with one of the most influential and spiritualleaders in the world as many times as possible, but the good momentscannot be anticipated. For about forty five minutes interview,immediately after enquiring his stand about Twitter and Facebook, HisHoliness Dalai Lama sighed, drew closure and gripped my hand. Thatday, I wore two cocktail rings, one with a sharp diamond-like bead,and the other with a pyramid-like stone. He pulled closure andclosure again to examine them while whirling them with fingers. Iasked His Holiness whether he liked them. His Holiness responseindicated that he thought the rings were making me uncomfortable. Iguaranteed him that I was much comfortable, and I would notinadvertently pierce him with sharp edges of my rings. We laughed. Itook another opportunity to ask him whether he had ever smoked pot,but quickly responded that the ability of judging reality isincredibly unique.
Equallyimportantly, I imagined finding every opportunity I could, to becaptured by a TV camera while we were together with His Holiness.However, Dalai Lama’s group seemed more concerned in having HisHoliness talk rather than having his portrait captured, but I wouldfidget every time to attract the media attention. In addition, Iimagined myself featuring in the upcoming Dalai Lama’sdocumentaries unfolding His Holiness’ life, just like other DalaiLama’s documentaries such as “Compassion in exile” documentary.
MeetingDalai Lama exemplified Indian cultures, religions, and ethnicity,where stupendous persons have made a difference with theiroutstanding achievements. Dalai Lama has made his make on localscenes, as well as international scenes. He is one of the few andrenowned Indians who have uplifted India worldwide. Therefore, hispurpose and real stories make his vicinity be inflated with a senseof greatness.
Boyd,Helen R. TheFuture of Tibet: The Government-in-Exile Meets the Challenge ofDemocratization.New York [u.a.: Lang, 2005. Print.