Looking back 20 years to 1996 and when I was fortunate enough to spend time in Tibet, and in Dharamsala with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Everest, Rongbuk Valley, Tibet

The last light of day sets the roof of the world ablaze looking up to the North face of Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama welcomes new arrivals from Tibet to the hill station of Dharamsala where he and his office live in exile.

In Dharamsala, locals prepare for celebrations to mark the 1st anniversary of the announcement of the 11th Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima

Rice is a good luck blessing as part of the celebrations

Getting to Dharamsala from Tibet is a long, hazardous, and sometimes fatal journey often across the frozen passes that separate Tibet from Nepal.  Exhausted refugees, arrive in Dharamsala with virtually nothing other than the clothes on their back and comfort in the knowledge that they are near their spiritual leader.

Newly arrived refugees in Dharamsala



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