New Delhi, India, 4 December 2013 - The day was just breaking as His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at the Kempinski Hotel this morning to perform the various preparatory rites for the Vajrabhairava empowerment. When he began the hall was quiet and virtually empty, but towards the end of his rituals, two Mongolian musicians began to play poignant lilting melodies on their bowed, stringed instruments.
Once His Holiness was seated on the throne, the Mongolians proceeded to offer prayers for his long life, based on the ‘Offering to the Spiritual Master (Lama chöpa), which they recited in Tibetan. When it was done, he said:
|A singer from Mongolia performs for His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a Long Life prayers in New Delhi, India on December 4, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Some of the many Mongolians with offerings for His Holiness the Dalai Lama during Long Life prayers on the last day of his three day teachings for Mongolian Buddhists in New Delhi, India on December 4, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience wearing ceremonial blindfolds during the Vajrabhairava Empowerment on the last day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's three day teaching in New Delhi, India on December 4, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|