Wheres the Dalai Lama?

Wheres the Dalai Lama?

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?
I climbed to Dharamsala too, I did
I met the highest Lama
His accent sounded fine to me, to me

Vampire Weekend

 

The city of Dharamshala located deep in Northern India in the Himachel Pradesh region. More specifically we were staying in Mcleod Ganj which is home to the headquarters of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. Due to the Chinese government not accepting Tibet as its own nation, a large number of Tibetans have migrated to this city. 

 

Have you ever been camping, and it has been raining for days. You wake up freezing cold, your clothes are all damp, and when you take a shower that's cold as shit too so all you can look forward to is putting your damp clothes on to keep you warm. That was us. The city was 7,000 ft up in the Himalayas, and naturally cold blended with the subtropical jungle. Whatever, enough complaining because the views were unmatched.

 

That day we had a lot planned with Operation Groundswell, our backpacking crew. We began our day with yoga on the top floor of our building at 7 am. Something about doing yoga in the place where it was founded just brings an immense amount of peace to you. They have been doing yoga as a daily life activity before we decided to commercialize and make it into the image it is today. Then we spent the next two hours working hands on with the Dalai Lamas monks, helping them with their English. The man I was partnered with was such a genuine person. We had some laughs, he told me about his upbringing, and he loved to hear stories of what America is like. 

 

Afterwards we went with the monks to the Dalai Lama temple. The Dalai Lama lives in Dharamshala because he is considered a terrorist to the People's Republic of China due to the fact of his clashing religious beliefs, and his movement to free Tibet. It is an unfortunate situation, but India has an open religious policy making it one of the most diverse nations when it comes to religion. Here at the temple we explored all around, we learned that the Dalai Lama spends his first 5 hours of his day meditating before anything else. When he is not traveling the world as a political head representative he is here at his home. 

 

The ODDS that we saw this man were slim. He was coming back from one of his trips, and we were leaving that day. They said he changed his plans and we were not going to be able to see him, BUT a miracle happened. As we all lined the streets they said that he was pulling up in his cavalcade. We probably spent an hour waiting, thinking every person walking up the steer was gonna be him. Until we finally saw vehicles like the POTUS was arriving. After 6 vehicles, our man of the hour rolled by. Unfortunately we only got a glimpse of him instead of seeing him walk up the street but it was enough for me to check off my bucket list.

 

 


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