New Delhi, India 21, December 2013 - The skies over Delhi were misty and grey as His Holiness the Dalai Lama set out this morning, the Winter Solstice, to drive to the Kempinski Hotel where he was to resume teaching a group of Russian he had begun to teach last year. He was received at the door by Yelo Rinpoche and Telo Rinpoche, his Russian hosts and the hotel managers who escorted him to the ballroom. There 1300 Russians, 20 Chinese and about 120 Tibetans and other foreigners awaited him quietly, their faces smiling in rapt anticipation. Having greeted the audience and the Lamas sitting around the throne, His Holiness took his seat.
“Because it is you who are acquainted with your own mind,” he began, “it is you who can best judge whether there has been any change or not. If you dedicate yourself to helping others, you’ll be happier. I myself try to imbue my life with spiritual practice and although change doesn’t occur overnight, if you look back over some years, you should be able to see some improvement.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeting members of the audience on his arrival at the Kempinski Hotel in New Delhi, India on December 21, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during the first day of his three day teaching at the request of a group from Russia in New Delhi, India on December 21, 2013. Photo/Kate Surzhok|
|The Hindi interpreter working during the first day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in New Delhi, India on December 21, 2013. Photo/Kate Surzhok|
|One of the over 1300 Russians audience members taking notes as she listens to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in New Delhi, India on December 21, 2013. Photo/Kate Surzhok|