Shillong, Meghalaya, India - 4 February 2014 - Nestling in the village of Lumparing in the hills above Shillong is the small Tibetan monastery of Ganden Chöling. It was originally founded in 1957 by someone from Bhutan, but has since come under the administration of the Gelug Magon, a shared body comprising Sera, Drepung and Ganden monasteries. Drepung Loseling is the current administrator. With a dozen resident monks, the monastery is the principal place of worship for many of the 1000 Tibetans who live in Shillong. His Holiness the Dalai Lama paid the monastery a short visit this morning. Tibetans and other curious local residents lined the road as he drove by. Tibetan children offered a traditional welcome when he arrived.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares a moment of laughter with the monks at Ganden Choling in Lamparing, Meghalaya, India on February 4, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledging the crowd of over 5000 gathered to attend his teachings at the Polo Ground in Shillong, Meghalaya, India on February 4, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience attending the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Polo Ground in Shillong, Meghalaya, India on February 4, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|
|A view of the Polo Ground with over 5000 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings in Shillong, Meghalaya, India on February 4, 2014. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL|