Gangtok, Sikkim, India, 26 March 2013 - The day began brightly after rain the previous evening as His Holiness the Dalai Lama chose to walk to the teaching pavilion in front of the Tathagata Tsal at Ravangla, the better to interact with the thousands who had come to see and hear him. On arriving at the base of the statue, His Holiness took the opportunity to enter the building once more to view the paintings of the 12 deeds of the Buddha’s life and so forth.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during the Long Life Empowerment in Ravangla, Sikkim, on March 26, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Some of the large crowd attending the Long Life Empowerment bestowed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Ravangla, Sikkim, on March 26, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
The Long Life Empowerment was followed immediately by an offering to His Holiness, requesting him also to live long. His Holiness then left directly for Gangtok by road. All along the route, particularly in the towns and villages on the way, the road was lined with people burning incense and holding khatas or flowers eager to greet His Holiness and catch a glimpse of him as he passed. Arriving at the Manan Kendra in Gangtok he was received by members of the Sikkim Government and escorted to the hall where about 1000 school students were gathered to hear him. Mr NK Pradhan, Minister for Human Resource Development gave the welcoming address and two student representatives came forward to offer His Holiness scarves. Just as His Holiness was about to speak, everyone present was taken by surprise as a very small boy, perhaps two or three years old, confidently came forward and walked up to the platform to offer His Holiness his own greetings.
|A small boy offers greetings to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the start of His Holiness's talk to students in Gangtok, Sikkim, on March 26, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a gathering of 1000 students in Gangtok, Sikkim, on March 26, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking in Gangtok, Sikkim, on March 26, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|