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Traditional memento was presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama after teaching. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Let me share a very special feeling I experienced this Lhakar as the temporary Official Photographer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Last night I received a call assigning me to take photos of His Holiness’ teachings. Therefore this morning was a very different experience. I woke up earlier than usual, took a shower and went straight to Tsuglagkhang.

At first, I was curious as well as bit tensed. So I started thinking about my camera and remembered that one of the lenses was at the service centre. I was worried about this question of how well could I be able to take photos.

As Shantideva quotes, “If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.” So I began taking photos.

Nonetheless, I felt blessed to be an official photographer for a day. I have felt the tremendous responsibility to be an official photographer but seeing His Holiness giving the teaching with a smile and his compassion towards members of the audience made me feel calm and relaxed.

This Lhakar, White Wednesday will be one of my most cherishable moments in life. I had mixed feelings of worry and joy.

Please enjoy a few photos that I have taken today of His Holiness’s teachings for the Taiwanese Buddhists at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamshala.

Taiwanese Buddhists receiving His Holiness to the teaching venue from his residence. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Thai monks chanting Heart Sutra at the beginning of His Holiness teaching on Chandrakirti’s “Entering into the Middle Way” at Tsuglagkhang. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

His Holiness His Holiness the Dalai Lama enunciating on taming of the mind. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR.

Young Mongolian Buddhist at the teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Chandrakirti’s “Entering into the Middle Way”. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to an elderly Indian couple after teaching at Tsuglagkhang. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Members of an audience taking blessing from His Holiness the Dalai Lama while he is leaving back to a residence after teaching. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR


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