In 2011, I flew south to Melbourne for a couple of amazing days. I listened to the teachings. I mingled with like minded people. You could say I was cocooned – the time spent in that event centre was like being in a Buddhist country. I can’t draw you the atmosphere, the energy, the bliss of those days. I floated. I smiled.
It’s not the only time I’ve experienced this and, to me, every second in his presence is unforgettable..but one morning before the teachings, just after I took this photo of security and official photographers, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama came out of his hotel room, around that corner, to meet me.
He grasped my hand and twisted my fingers in his. His face, eyes, centimetres from mine. Peered deeper into me than I knew existed and brought it all to the surface. Bolt of energy.
Just after this photo was taken? Unbelievable…UNFORGETTABLE